Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’
President Trump’s former adviser on Russia and Europe Fiona Hill sat before the House committees leading the Trump-impeachment inquiry for a marathon ten hours of testimony, claiming that she considered the White House’s efforts in Ukraine to be a counterintelligence risk.
Two major takeaways emerged from Hill’s closed-door testimony: that Mick Mulvaney may have played a larger role than previously known, and that former national-security adviser John Bolton really wasn’t happy with the behavior of the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
According to Hill’s testimony, Bolton told her — following a July 10 meeting in which E.U. ambassador Gordon Sondland raised the notion of a Ukraine-Biden investigation — to inform White House lawyers: “I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up.” Hill also quoted the national-security adviser, who resigned in September, as saying: “Giuliani is a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.” (Extending that metaphor into the administration, would that make Bolton the bomb?)