- Former national security adviser John Bolton was so alarmed by Rudy Giuliani's pressure campaign against Ukraine over dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden that he hired a top adjutant to tell White House lawyers he was not involved the New York Times.
- Bolton's direction came after he had begun a heated exchange with Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, who was part of Giuliani's shadow foreign policy in relation to Ukraine.
- "I'm not part of any drug trafficking, Rudy and Mulvaney cook together." Bolton instructed his adjutant Fiona Hill to tell the White House lawyers, according to Hill's statement cited by The Times.
- The Times also reported that Bolton Giuliani described as a "hand grenade" that would do so "blow them all up."
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Former national security adviser John Bolton was so alarmed by Rudy Giuliani's efforts to pressure Ukraine to pressure the former vice president. The New York Times reported that former aide Joe Biden was his top adjutant He said he should inform White House lawyers that he was not involved.
Fiona Hill, a former adjutant who previously served as Executive Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs, told MEPs on Monday that Bolton had instructed them to tell the National Security Council lawyer that Giuliani and the acting Chief of Staff White House, Mick Mulvaney, is carrying out an operation with serious legal implications, the Times reported.
Bolton's Instruction Followed On July 1
"Bolton told Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to Hill's statement cited by The Times.
The Times also reported that Bolton described Giuliani as a" hand grenade. " "ever blowing" ybody up. "
Jim Acosta of CNN, citing a source familiar with Hill's statement, reported that she had witnessed" misconduct "and attempted to alert White House lawyers.
Bolton was ousted as a National Security Advisor last month after a turbulent term in the White House. Meanwhile, Hill joined the White House in April 2017 as the top Russian analyst and retired in August.
Hill's statement on Monday was part of the Congressional investigation into impeachment, which examined whether President Donald Trump was using his public office for private purposes. At the center of the investigation is a call from Trump on July 25 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump repeatedly asked Zelensky to investigate the Bidens and discredit the investigation of the FBI in Russia; In particular, Giuliani has reportedly been working on the Bidens since at least the spring of last year to collect dirt.
A rally by whistleblowers filed in August by an intelligence official has become the focus of the impeachment investigation investigating Giuliani and the Trump administration's efforts in Ukraine and Trump's attempting to use US foreign policy in exchange for information personally benefit from his re-election campaign.