On Thursday, John Bolton, Trump’s former national security advisor no-showed for his interview with impeachment investigators. It is now very unlikely that he will provide any testimony about Donald Trump and his dealings with Ukraine.
Charles Cooper, Bolton’s attorney, says that his client did not receive a subpoena. Cooper had previously stated that his client would not appear without one.According to a House intelligence committee official, the panel has no interest in engaging in a drawn-out court fight over a subpoena for Bolton.
Even though Bolton was a no-show, an aide to Mike Pence did arrive at the Capitol to speak with the impeachment investigators. Jennifer Williams, a foreign service officer for Pence’s office from the State Department, was subpoenaed to appear. She is listed as an individual that listened in on Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine. The phone call is the subject of a whistleblower complaint and the heart of Democrat’s impeachment inquiry.
Pence spoke to reporters in New Hampshire and continued to support Trump. He copied Trump by stating that if Americans read the White House released transcript of the phone call, they’d find “there was no quid pro quo, the president did nothing wrong.”
Pence went on to call the impeachment inquiry a “disgrace.”
There are 13 witnesses scheduled to testify this week behind-closed-doors. So far only two of those witnesses have shown up because Trump has directed his employee’s not to cooperate with the probe.
In addition to Bolton, Democrats had requested interviews from two acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Perry did not show up for his Wednesday interview and Mulvaney is not expected to appear for his scheduled deposition on Friday.
Despite Trump’s statements that there is no “quid pro quo,” several of the witnesses have testified that it was their understanding that Ukraine would not receive military assistance unless it met Trump’s demands.