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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 01:33 PM

Wapo:Attention turns to Bolton after former aide told impeachment probe he fought Giuliani's

Shadow Operation in Ukraine

The House’s impeachment inquiry is turning attention toward former national security adviser John Bolton, after a former top aide delivered explosive testimony Monday describing how he was infuriated by a shadow operation being conducted by the president’s allies and his lawyer in Ukraine to dig up dirt on the president’s political rivals.

Fiona Hill, who was the National Security Council’s top Russia and Europe adviser under Bolton, told investigators that Bolton likened President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, a driving force behind the efforts, to a “hand grenade,” according to two people familiar with her testimony.

Hill also testified that Bolton wanted to make clear he was not involved and very opposed to what he described as the “drug deal” between the White House’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who were also involved in the effort, the people said.

Some lawmakers and aides are already talking privately about a need to call Bolton to testify, although they deferred to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on next steps.


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