Fiona Hill, the former high-ranking director for Russian and Eurasian affairs, told lawmakers on Monday that a meeting with Ukrainian and US officials on unspecified investigations left them and John Bolton, the former national security adviser, so concerned that he instructed them to alert a lawyer on the National Security Council, Fox News confirmed.
Hill, who left administration a few days before the telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, said Monday in front of three panels of the House of Representatives for nine hours in which they reportedly raised concerns over one Meeting on 10th July. The Wall Street Journal reported that the hearing participants referred to the "investigation that could affect Biden and his son."
Both Bolton and Hill, who were present at the meeting, had reservations about the conversation, she said. Bolton told them to alert John Eisenberg, a NSC lawyer, she said, the Journal reported.
The New York Times reported that Bolton had a heated exchange with Gordon D. Sondland, Ambassador of the European Union, during the meeting. The newspaper reported that Sondland had worked with Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, to pressure the Ukrainians to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Bolton reportedly compared the former mayor of New York City with a "hand grenade that will blow up everyone". Giuliani did not seem to have cooperated with the normal foreign policy channels when dealing with Ukraine.
Giuliani said in the past that he is working with the State Department, the Journal reported.
The Times, citing two persons familiar with the testimony, said that Hill had asked Bolton to tell Eisenberg that Giuliani was working with the White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, over the Investigations against rogues.
"I'm not one of the drug traffickers who make up Rudy and Mulvaney," Bolton allegedly told the White House lawyers. The Washington Post reported that the investigators are now considering calling Bolton to the testimony. Sondland is expected to testify later this week.
Fox News sent a post-closing email to the speakers of Giuliani, Bolton and Sondland and received no immediate response. Hill did not immediately respond to other media such as the Times and the Journal.
President Trump insisted that Kiev investigate Biden and his son Hunter to ensure that the country is working to eradicate corruption. Trump doubted how Hunter Biden could get a $ 50,000 a month job from a Ukrainian gas company with little or no experience in the sector or country.
Joe Biden said he plays no role in his son's business career. Democrats say Trump has used the power of his office to harm a political opponent.
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"There was an official foreign policy that tried to counter corruption in Ukraine. And then there was Rudy Giuliani and, as you know, the gang who could not fire directly, who worked for him, who … were connected with corruption in Ukraine and promoted corruption in Ukraine, "said MP Jamie Raskin , D., Md., The Wall Street Journal reported after Hill's statement.
Chad Pergram of Fox News Contributed to This Report