John Bolton warned in June that Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is an & # 39; obstacle & # 39; was in favor of the White House's progress with Ukraine, according to the opening statement of a career diplomat who witnessed Wednesday's impeachment study.
Christopher Anderson, a foreign ministry employee who was a special advisor to Ukraine, will testify that in a White House meeting on June 13, Bolton warned that Giuliani was an important voice with the president in Ukraine, which would be an obstacle could represent a greater involvement of the White House. & # 39;
Anderson & # 39; s pick up line, obtained by The Wall Street Journal, outlines staff efforts to support US-Ukraine relations and to support Volodymyr Zelensky's presidency in the aftermath of the resignation of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and a Giuliani tweet sent shortly after Zelensky's election and claimed that the new president was surrounded by enemies of President Trump.
John Bolton warned in June that Donald Trump & # 39; s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is an & # 39; obstacle & # 39; was for the progress of the White House with the Ukraine
Bolton warned Rudy Giuliani & # 39; was an important voice with the president in Ukraine & # 39 ;, a Foreign Ministry official will testify Wednesday
Bolton's warning came before Trump's call on July 25 with Zelensky that led to the investigation into accusation, which is entering a new phase on Capitol Hill as legislators prepare to make the investigation public.
Anderson will testify that Bolton, who was then National Security Adviser, in a White House meeting & # 39; White House's increased involvement with Ukraine & # 39; to help them fight Russian aggression.
He was at that time meeting with his boss, the special envoy of Ukraine, Kurt Volker, who resigned earlier this month and testified to the legislators.
Bolton also suggested vice president Mike Pence to travel to Toronto in early July to meet Zelensky at the Ukrainian Reform Conference. Pence did not make that journey.
In addition, there was a follow-up meeting at the Ministry of Energy on June 18, where officials had a & # 39; vague & # 39; discussed how to deal with Giuliani's ongoing calls for an investigation into corruption, &erson will testify.
Anderson & # 39; s last day that Volker advised was July 12 – a few weeks before the phone call from Trump and Zelensky.
He was replaced by Catherine Croft, who will also testify to lawmakers on Wednesday.
She was on the staff call on July 18 where an OMB representative reported that White House acting chief Mick Mulvaney confiscated US security assistance to Ukraine because of an & # 39; warrant issued by the president & # 39 ;.
But neither Croft nor Anderson were calling Trump and Zelensky on July 25.
Both offer in their testimony an optimistic image of Ukraine under Zelensky that clashed with a more pessimistic image of Trump.
Croft, who was a member of the National Security Council in 2017, will testify how President Trump Ukraine as & # 39; corrupt & # 39; has been described.
& # 39; I heard – directly and indirectly – that President Trump describes Ukraine as a corrupt country, & # 39; she notes in her prepared testimony.
Croft provides additional information about maneuvering behind the scenes that led to the firing of Ambassador Yovanovitch.
Another official will testify about details behind the resignation of former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (center), who testified at Capitol Hill earlier this month
In her opening statement she describes a telephone call she received from former representative Bob Livingston, now a lobbyist.
Livingston told her & # 39; Ambassador Yovanovitch should be fired & she will say.
& # 39; He characterized Ambassador Yovanovitch as a & # 39; Obama holdover & # 39; and associated with George Soros. It was not clear to me at the time – or now – at whose direction or at whose expense Mr. Livingston sought the removal of Ambassador Yovanovitch. I documented these calls and told my boss, Fiona Hill, and George Kent, who was in Kiev at the time. I am not aware of any action taken as a reaction & # 39 ;, is her opening statement.
Yovanovitch was recalled from Ukraine earlier this year after Giuliani and his associates campaigned with unsubstantiated allegations that she was blocking Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
She testified earlier this month from lawmakers that President Trump had fired her after a smear campaign and ordered her to return to Washington with the next available plane.
Both Hill, the former deputy national security adviser, and Kent, a deputy state secretary, have already testified about legislators.
Livingston, after leaving Congress, formed the Livingston Group, an influential lobby company. The company has represented customers in the Middle East and around the world, including political figures in Ukraine, such as former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, The Washington Post reported.
Neither Croft nor Anderson seem to add to the claim that Trump linked nearly $ 400 million in US military aid to Zelensky's public statements that he would investigate Joe Biden, called the term of his son Hunter Biden on the board of a Ukrainian energy company Burisma, and an invalidated conspiracy theory that Ukraine, and not Russia, got involved in the 2016 US presidential election.
But they contribute to the story about the shadowy foreign policy team at work in relations between the US and Ukraine.
On Thursday Timothy Morrison, an NSC employee who was calling on July 25, will appear.
Thursday is the same day that Democrats in the entire House will vote on their deposition resolution.
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