Charles Kupperman, former Deputy National Security Advisor John Bolton, seeks court to resolve a new opposition in the impeachment investigation, as Democrats threaten him with contempt for challenging a White House call.
A summons had ordered Kupperman to appear for deposit on Monday morning.
In response to a firm letter from Democratic Democratic leaders, Cooper's lawyer, Charles Cooper, suggested that his client was prepared to meet their demands eventually – provided the judge told him to do so.
ADAM SCHIFF: JOHN BOLTON IS THE "KEY VISION" IN THE EXECUTION TEST . "President Trump and every president before him have, at least in the last half-century, been immune to the testimony of their closest confidential advisers."
He went on: "If your clients' position on this matter is correct, it will prevail in the Court and Dr. Kuperman, I assure you again, will comply with the Court's ruling. "
His lawyer claims that Cooperman faces" irreconcilable commands "from the Legislature and the executive, which the courts must
Sunday's letter come in response to a stern warning issued Saturday by the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. House Republican Adam Schiff, Mr. California, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Elliot Elliot Engel, DN.Y., and House Oversight Committee, Acting President Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y. Democrats argue that the question of whether Kupperman should to comply with a congressional call in Ko The White House's blunders or instructions "cannot be decided by a court of law" and accused the Trump administration of having a hand in the case as a tactic to thwart the investigation. [1
In the case, Kuperman stated that he "could not satisfy the competitive requirements of both the legislature and the executive." Without the court's help, he said, he would have to make the decision himself – one that could do grave constitutional harm to either Congress or the presidency.
Democratic leaders argue that Kopperman's argument is invalid, as well as part of an obstacle by the president.
“Dr. Copperman's trial – lacking legal dignity and apparently coordinated with the White House – is the president's obvious and desperate tactic to delay and impede Congress' legitimate constitutional functions and to conceal evidence of his conduct from the impeachment investigation, "their letter said.
They also threatened that without appearing on Monday, "his absence would constitute evidence that could be used against him in negligent proceedings."
The committee chairmen said that Kupperman's testimony could corroborate the evidence that Trump is abusing his cabinet by trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate political opponents, and warned that Kuperman, "opposing a subpoena in Congress," could "cause the committees to do no harm."
Cooperman, one of several former and current National Security Council officials, called on Democratic-led committees to give evidence behind closed doors this week as they try to get a closer look at what is happening in the White House, as Trump has asked Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to help investigate Democrats during the 2016 election and the business deals of Hunter Biden, the son of the former vice president and 2020 Democrats. en hopeful Joe Biden.
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Schiff told ABC this week that he would like Bolton to testify, calling him "a very important witness," but he expected the Trump administration to
Meanwhile, with a surprising appearance, US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sundland appeared on Capitol Hill on Monday, apparently to review the transcript of his previous testimony – amid some questions about possible inconsistencies.
Republicans criticized Schiff for conducting interviews and depositing behind closed doors where GOP lawmakers do not have relevant committees. Schiff said public hearings are planned, "and I think we will have them soon."
The Associated Press contributed for this report.