A former John Bolton substitute will not testify to Congress on Monday because he is waiting for the court to tell him whether or not he can speak with the Donald Trump accusation.
Charles Kupperman would appear before the committees conducting the investigation, but his lawyer said he would not be there, according to CBS News, although the panel members warned him that his absence could lead to a disregard for the quote from the congress.
Kupperman, the former deputy national security adviser who had telephone contact with the Ukrainian president, was summoned by the legislators but instructed by the White House to ignore the summons, citing the privilege of the executive.
Charles Kupperman would appear Monday for the investigation of deposition on Monday, but will not appear
Kupperman was a deputy for the former national security adviser John Bolton
On Friday, he filed a lawsuit with the US court in Washington D.C. to ask for advice on who he should obey – the executive or legislative branch.
& # 39; Dr. Kupperman does not take a position on whether the order of the legislature or the order of the executive should prevail; he only wants to fulfill the constitutional obligation that the judiciary regards as legal and binding for him, & said Kupperman & # 39; s lawyer Charles Kupperman in a statement.
Kupperman will not take steps until the court rules, his lawyer said – a decision that could be a precedent for other government officials summoned by Congress but did not respond to the call to testify.
Kupperman, 68, is an old Republican assistant with deep ties to Bolton.
He worked at the Reagan White House and was an executive at Boeing and Lockheed Martin before joining the Trump administration in January. He left the White House on September 20, 10 days after Bolton was fired.
In addition, the former Deputy National Security Adviser was on 25 July between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Democrats investigate a claim that Trump linked US military aid to public statements by Zelensky that he would investigate Joe Biden, the term of office of his son Hunter Biden, on the board of a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma, and a disproved conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia , intervened in the 2016 US presidential election.
Trump maintained that he did nothing wrong, there was no consideration, and the call he had with Zelensky was & # 39; perfect & # 39 ;.
Kupperman is of great importance to the Democrats, given that he was listening when Trump and Zelensky spoke.
Congress Democrats who led the investigation into charges allegedly sent a letter to Kupperman on Saturday stating that he was being summoned and obliged to appear.
& # 39; The statement will start on time and, if your client defies the writ of summons, his absence will constitute evidence that can be used against him in contempt, & # 39; Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Carolyn Maloney wrote to him.
They accused him of using the trial as a delaying tactic.
It is & # 39; an obvious and desperate tactic of the president to postpone and block the legitimate constitutional functions of Congress and to hide evidence of his behavior from the investigation of accusations, & # 39;
Kupperman served in the Trump White House and left shortly after President Trump fired John Bolton
Kupperman was on the July 25 telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – the two men are seen together at the UN in September
However, Cooper claimed that his client had never consulted the White House about his lawsuit.
& # 39; It would not be appropriate for a private person, such as Dr. Kupperman, to unilaterally resolve this memorable constitutional dispute between the two political divisions of our government & # 39 ;, he said in a statement.
Cooper also represents Bolton – the former Nation Security Adviser from Trump who tops the witness list for witnesses in the investigation of accusations.
& # 39; He clearly has very relevant information and we want him to testify, & # 39; said Schiff on ABC & # 39; s & # 39; This Week & # 39; from Bolton.
Bolton's lawyers spoke to conference staff about the former witness of the National Security Adviser.
Bolton is on the wish list of the Democrats for a witness after he turned out to be critical of government efforts and of Trump & # 39; s allies to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
He was so alarmed by the movements that he warned a lawyer, his former assistant Fiona Hill testified last week in a conference position behind closed doors.
Hill told the legislators that Bolton said that Giuliani, the president's point-man in Ukraine, was a hand grenade that would blow everyone up, according to a report in The New York Times.
Congress Democrats are scheduled to hear from Alexander Vindman, the best Ukraine expert of the White House of the National Security Council, on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Kathryn Wheelbarger, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security, is about to testify, as are two specialists from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry – Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson.
Tim Morrison, a top adviser to the White House in Russia and Europe, is scheduled for Thursday.
It is also of great importance for democrats.
Bill Taylor, the US top diplomat in Ukraine, often mentioned him in his statement to legislators last week and discussed telephone conversations with Morrison about Ukraine's efforts led by Rudy Giuliani.