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Fiona Hill, a former top White house Russia expert testified that the former national security adviser John Bolton distanced himself from the effort-to-benefit studies from the Ukraine in exchange for a White house meeting, and warned that President Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was a “hand grenade”, which was “to blow up all of them,” according to transcripts released on Friday.
The nearly 400-page transcript was one of two expected to be Friday, together by Lt. Col. Alexander he received his — other National security Council official. Both said in closed-door depositions to the circumstances of Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
THE UKRAINE, CLEAR UNDERSTANDING “ON A QUID PRO QUO, BUT NO FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF WOULD MESSENGER,” TRUMP PLANS
Democrats claim that the Trump-when he was urged Zelensky “look into” allegations of Ukrainian disturbance in 2016, as well as the handling of the former Vice-President Joe Biden in the country-offers a quid pro quo in exchange for withholding US military aid. Trump has denied the claim, while the Ukrainians have said they won’t feel under any pressure.
Hill confirmed that Bolton informed get their concern about what they saw as a push to Ukraine for the conduct of investigations. It was held, as E. U. Ambassador to the Gordon Sondland and Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney met with Ukrainian officials in the White house at 10. Bolton, in turn, told her to report to the NSC lawyer John Eisenberg.
Hill confirmed that Bolton told her, “go and tell John Eisenberg—you go out and say, Eisenberg, that I deal part of this drug that Sondland and Mulvaney cooking.”
“He said, sarcastically, of course, I mean, just to be clear. In fact, he was angry, but he was also sarcastic. I mean—he was not to derive that you are cooking up an actual drug deal in the community room,” she said.
She said that Bolton was instead of the note on a comment from Sondland, that it can come to an agreement Zelensky, to the White house, if the investigation had been initiated.
“And Ambassador Sondland, spoke in front of the Ukrainians, when I came in, about how he had to go into an agreement with the Chief of Staff of Mulvaney for a meeting with the Ukrainians, if they were going forward with the investigations,” she said. “And my Director for Ukraine, was alerted to the search completely. And I came back to this discussion in progress.”
According to Hill, Bolton also said that no one should be meeting with Giuliani, who was a major supporter of theories about Ukraine and pushed for the investigations. Bolton said, according to the Hill, as “to blow up a bit of a hand grenade that was about all.”
FIONA HILL HAS A LOT OF PRAISE FOR THE DEPOSED AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH, IN THE IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION, HEARING
She added that Bolton said that he was “closely watching what Mr. Giuliani is doing, and the messaging that he is sending out.”
He received his, meanwhile, said that Bolton ended the encounter between the White house and Ukrainian officials “abruptly”, and said that Bolton was “distressed” by what had taken place.
As if the White house has offered, in exchange for the investigations Trump wanted to, he received his expressed certainty that was the case.
“It was about getting a White house meeting,” he said. “It was fulfilling to be a demand for him to meet this special requirement to the Assembly.”
The testimony is likely to add further fuel to democratic claims that it was in fact a quid pro quo offered by the President — the base, on the house-Democrats ” impeachment request has rested.
The transcripts of the day, according to a transcript of the testimony of the US diplomat, Bill Taylor, in which he claimed that he had to use a “clear understanding” that President Trump wanted to, the military assistance to Ukraine in return for the investigations, could politically benefit him-although he did not have acknowleged it, first-Hand knowledge ” of what is in the President’s mind.”
“That was my clear understanding, security, help, money would not come until the President [of Ukraine] is committed to the continuation of the investigation,” said Taylor.
Trump and his allies have been aggressively pushing back against the study, with the help of the Republicans decrying the “Soviet-style” tactics of the Democrats and Trump called it a witch hunt.
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Earlier Friday, Trump predicted that the storm surrounding impeachment would only make him stronger by its base.
To try to do “what you are, will weaken me, but it’s actually made me stronger,” Trump said.
“The people are angry about it … and he is a Republican, and people who vote for me, not just the Republicans, really mad … because it is a hoax,” he said.
Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.