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Politics Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony

05:15  15 november  2019
05:15  15 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Bill Taylor testimony: Bolton thought Trump-Zelensky call would be 'disaster'

  Bill Taylor testimony: Bolton thought Trump-Zelensky call would be 'disaster' Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor testified before House committees leading the formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump that then-national security adviser John Bolton was opposed to Trump holding the July 25 phone call with Zelensky.“Ambassador Bolton was not interested in having — did not want to have the call because he thought it was going to be a disaster,” Taylor testified. “He thought that there could be some talk of investigations, or worse, on the call.

Mr Trump is the fourth US president to face impeachment . None were removed from office White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in a court filing yesterday that he would not bring a lawsuit challenging a subpoena for his testimony , though he said that at Mr Trump 's direction he

President Trump has categorically refused to cooperate with the impeachment investigation. What kind of system would permit an impeachment investigation to proceed without hearing what Mr. Bolton has to say because the target of the inquiry orders his silence?

President Trump on Thursday moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an aide to former national security adviser John Bolton seeking a ruling on whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify in the House impeachment inquiry.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony© Aaron Schwartz Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony

The filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., cited Trump's official capacity as president. In it, he sought to have a judge dismiss White House official Dr. Charles Kupperman lawsuit seeking guidance on whether he should comply with the subpoena or the president's directive not to comply.

An attorney for Trump argued that the president's direction should overrule any prospective court ruling.

"Just as the President controls the exercise of executive privilege for information that Dr. Kupperman possesses, he was also the decision-maker on whether the immunity be invoked," the filing states. "And now that the President has made the decision to invoke the immunity and directed Dr. Kupperman accordingly, the proper course is to abide by that direction rather than ask this Court what he is supposed to do."

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Bolton claims White House blocked access to his Twitter account after departure .
But Trump denied the move, saying, "No, of course not. Of course not."The former Trump aide left the administration in a wave of confusion in mid-September: Trump was adamant that he fired Bolton, while Bolton has maintained that he resigned.

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