However, given that Bolton is generally respected within conservative Republican circles, having served under President Bush, any testimony from him that directly implicates Trump in a bribery scheme would make it more difficult for Republican lawmakers to dismiss the inquiry as partisan. Similarly, any testimony from Bolton could all but vindicate the president. This explains why House Democrats have been reluctant to pursue him.
While the committee has requested Bolton’s testimony, it is not currently pursuing a subpoena in court.
Asked whether he would issue a subpoena to Bolton, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff would not say.
Wer war Fiona Hills Boss? Der ehemalige nationale Sicherheitsberater John Bolton, der zweifellos ebenfalls der Ansicht war, dass der Präsident kein Recht hat, die US-Außenpolitik zu ändern. Bolton ist derjenige, der, als Trump sagte, dass US-Soldaten nach Hause kommen würden „erklärte“, dass das in Wirklichkeit bedeutete, dass die Soldaten dort bleiben würden.
It appears to me that Bolton is fiercely partisan, fiercely selfish and fiercely greedy. I just wish that he would be fiercely American and simply tell Congress what he knows about impeachment-related issues.
Charles J. Cooper, a lawyer who represents Mr. Bolton, said that a court decision on Monday ordering another former White House official to appear before Congress under subpoena did not apply to Mr. Bolton because of the nature of his job. Mr. Cooper said Mr. Bolton would therefore wait for another judge to rule in a separate case that could take weeks more to litigate.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that each chamber of Congress can hold a person in contempt for flouting a legislative subpoena, and – as Justice Brandeis explained in Jurney v. MacCracken – each chamber may also coerce obedience “by means of arrest.” In other words, the House Sergeant at Arms may take people into physical custody until they provide information withheld from Congress.
House Democrats say they will not take former Trump national security adviser John Bolton to court, adding that his reluctance to appear only adds to their impeachment case.
(Updated Nov. 11, 2019)
WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, knows about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to a pressure campaign on Ukraine that House impeachment investigators have not yet been informed of, his lawyer told lawmakers on Friday.
Multiple witnesses have testified that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser was frustrated by the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
Charles Kupperman, ex-deputy national security adviser, was subpoenaed by House Democrats but has asked a judge to rule on the matter
Mr. Trump fired Bolton last month.
The United States has added Cuba, Libya and Syria to the nations it claims are deliberately seeking to obtain chemical or biological weapons.
Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators.
Why Mr. Trump suddenly latched onto the estimate at this point rather than when casualties were discussed at the earlier meeting remains a mystery to many officials. Some assumed he was influenced by Mr. Carlson or other allies that his re-election would be jeopardized and was looking for cover.
But when the decision came, Mr. Pence, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Bolton were all out of the White House, and the president did not call them for input. Instead, he told the Pentagon to call off the attack.
With Bolton out of the White House, it’s unclear if Netanyahu will succeed in getting any kind of public gesture from Trump before next Tuesday. The White House helped Netanyahu several time during the April election campaign, most notably with Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. This time, despite heavy pressure from the Israeli side, Trump still hasn’t delivered anything for Netanyahu — although there are still six days left, which is an eternity in Israeli political terms.
Während der US-Präsident lediglich eine Neuverhandlung des Atomabkommens anstrebt, will Bolton die Regierung in Teheran zu Fall bringen – im Zweifel auch militärisch. Folgerichtig empfahl der nationale Sicherheitsberater nach dem Abschuss einer US-Drohne im Juni einen Angriff auf den Iran, Trump entschied sich dagegen. Auch deshalb gewann Trump vermutlich das Gefühl, dass Bolton ihn ungewollt in militärische Konflikte hineinziehen will. Laut der New York Times soll der US-Präsident in kleiner Runde gesagt haben, wenn es nach Bolton ginge, „würden wir schon vier Kriege führen“.
Die Maßnahme wurde bereits im April dieses Jahres von US-Sicherheitsberater John Bolton als Teil der neuen Kuba-Politik von US-Präsident Donald Trump angekündigt. Damals erklärte Bolton, die „Troika der Tyrannei“ bestehend aus Venezeula, Kuba und Nicaragua beseitigen zu wollen. Im Kontext der anhaltenden Versuche eines „Regime change“ in Venezuela will Washington nun offenbar den Druck auf Havanna weiter erhöhen, um ein Ende der Unterstützung Kubas für die venezolanische Regierung von Präsident Nicolás Maduro zu erwirken.
President Trump fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.
Trump schrieb auf Twitter, er habe Bolton zum Rücktritt aufgefordert. Der habe daraufhin seinen Rücktritt eingereicht. Trump begründete seine Entscheidung damit, dass er mit vielen Positionen Boltons nicht übereingestimmt habe. Der US-Präsident kündigte an, nächste Woche einen Nachfolger zu ernennen.
The head of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Moreno, and the European Union’s representative on Venezuela, Enrique Iglesias, have also confirmed their attendance, the sources added.
People close to President Trump, including national security advisor John Bolton, and Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, are supporters of the Mujahedin Khalq. For years, Bolton and Giuliani have called for a change of government in Tehran and have described the Mujahedin Khalq as a viable alternative to the government of the Islamic Republic.
Die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters meldete am Dienstag unter Berufung auf einen hohen US-Beamten, dass ein Vertreter des Nationalen Sicherheitsrats der USA für Gespräche an der Grenze gewesen sei. Diese hätten stattgefunden, während Sicherheitsberater John Bolton in Seoul war.
Kang kam am Mittwoch in Seoul mit dem Nationalen Sicherheitsberater der USA, John Bolton, zusammen.
Bolton sagte, dass es hier und da in der Welt viele Herausforderungen gebe. Er glaube jedoch, dass Südkorea und die USA eng kooperieren würden.
Kang äußerte Unterstützung dafür, dass die USA die Führung haben und erwähnte die Straße von Hormus.
The UK is probably not willing to take military action in return, especially if Boris Johnson becomes PM tomorrow [update: he just, on Tuesday]. He has told Trump to his face that Britain won’t support military action against Iran.
Shin pointed out that the submarine was revealed just in time for U.S. national security adviser John Bolton’s Seoul visit.
John Bolton’s trip is expected to give South Korea a clearer picture on where the U.S. stands on the various security-related issues shared by the allies.
Während seines zweitägigen Aufenthalts wird er mit Chung Eui-yong, Chef des Büros für nationale Sicherheit im Präsidialamt, zusammenkommen. Auch Treffen mit Außenministerin Kang Kyung-wha und Verteidigungsminister Jeong Kyeong-doo sind vorgesehen.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that before making a decision on joining the United States, Japan wants to fulfill what it sees as a unique role it has to play in reducing tension.
During a trilateral meeting between the national security advisers of Israel, the US and Russia in late June, Jerusalem and Washington demanded that Moscow ensure the withdrawal of Iran’s forces from Lebanon and Iraq, as well as from Syria, Channel 13 news reported Tuesday.
The demand was seen as a condition for US and Israeli support for a long-term arrangement to secure peace in war-ravaged Syria.
The Secretary of State took his case against Iran to the Evangelical faithful, making it a matter of religious life, or death.
„Last June, we announced our withdrawal from the hypocritical Human Rights Council, which shielded the world’s worst human rights violators while devoting most of its time to condemning Israel; a thriving democracy. (Applause) We are also reevaluating U.N. peace-keeping missions, including those involving Israel to ensure support for effective, accountable, and efficient operations. We will not allow bureaucratic inertia to keep the United States in international organizations or agreements that undermine U.S. interests and values. (Applause)
For these reasons, in September of last year I announced that the United States would not fund, support, or cooperate with the International Criminal Court, or ICC (Applause). The ICC, which asserts near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country without their consent. As I said then, the ICC is flawed to its core and we will let it die on its own.“ Applause)
Pence, Pompeo, Bolton as well as ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, the top U.S. Middle East negotiator, will speak Monday and Tuesday at the conference taking place in Washington D.C. Such a broad array of top senior foreign policy and security officials is rare for pro-Israel groups.
Im Iran-Streit ging es nicht nach ihm, in Nordkorea war er nicht dabei: US-Sicherheitsberater Bolton steht Beobachtern zufolge isoliert da. Immer öfter hört Präsident Trump auf jemand anderen.
But while a series of U.S.-imposed, Trump-approved sanctions have angered Tehran amid rising tensions between the two countries, the president might not be the antagonist in Tehran’s eyes, said Trita Parsi, the head of the National Iranian American Council during a Monday appearance on The Hill’s Rising.
Instead, he argues, that National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the problem.
A diplomatic official told Haaretz that “this unprecedented meeting of two world powers with Israel, in Israel, underscores its global standing and sends a powerful message to the region, especially to our enemies. The meeting is a climax of many political steps, among them Netanyahu’s meetings with presidents Trump and Putin. These meetings created the opportunity for a historic meeting such as this, which will contribute a great deal to Israel’s security interests in the region.”
President Trump bucked most of his top national-security advisers by abandoning retaliatory strikes in Iran on Thursday. In private conversations Friday, Mr. Trump reveled in his judgment, certain about his decision to call off the attacks while speaking of his administration as if removed from the center of it.
“These people want to push us into a war, and it’s so disgusting,” Mr. Trump told one confidant about his own inner circle of advisers. “We don’t need any more wars.”
Make no mistake: This is John Bolton’s war. It’s a war that the current National Security Advisor has been advocating since 2007. He has spoken of bombing Iran on TV, in print, as a government official, and as a private citizen. He has received payment from an Iranian dissident group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MeK), listing a $40,000 speaking fee for “European Iranian Events” in July 2017 on a government financial disclosure form (experts say the total number over a series of years could be significantly higher). He spoke at MeK’s conference in July 2017, promising regime change in Tehran.
Mr. Bolton is a longtime Iran hawk who has supported the Mujahedeen Khalq, known as M.E.K. It is a fringe dissident group that calls for regime change in Iran. Mr. Bolton has said he has backed the controversial group for over a decade.
Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, and John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor, met with the group five separate times since Trump’s inauguration, according to Justice Department documents reviewed by TYT. The documents were submitted to the Justice Department by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)—MEK’s political wing—under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, between July 20, 2017 and June 27, 2018.
That group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or MEK for short, was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department until 2012, at which point it was removed from the State Department’s terror list after an intense lobbying effort. The group was on the terror list for good reason: MEK has killed several American servicemembers and contractors; attempted to assassinate a top U.S. general; and attempted to kidnap the U.S. Ambassador to Iran, Douglas MacArthur II.
Why is this not an international issue? Where are the United Nations and our traditional allies? U.S. unilateralists such as Trump and Bolton despise international organizations, but the rest of the world does not. The White House either does not want to approach the UN for international authority, or it is sure that such an appeal would not succeed for a host of reasons, most related to the image of America the bully.
The conventions of mainstream journalism make it difficult to challenge America’s self-conception as a peace-loving nation. But the unlovely truth is this: Throughout its history, America has attacked countries that did not threaten it. To carry out such wars, American leaders have contrived pretexts to justify American aggression. That’s what Donald Trump’s administration—and especially its national security adviser, John Bolton—is doing now with Iran.
The historical examples abound.
In private, Trump „chewed out his staff“ about the failed Venezuela regime change, blaming National Security Adviser John Bolton and his Latin America policy director Mauricio Claver-Carone for getting „played“ by both Guaidó and key Maduro figures, current and former administration officials tell the Post. Some current officials disputed that characterization of Trump’s reaction and said his Venezuela policy was always long-term and is on track
“We have substantial reason to believe that North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Russia, and China have made a decision to — and you can see it publicly — to try to sow disinformation about the administration, and to say that the president and his advisers are divided, and things like that,” Bolton said Tuesday during a Wall Street Journal event in Washington, D.C.
Spokesman Garrett Marquis said on June 20 that Bolton will meet on June 23 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then hold talks with Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, his Israeli and Russian counterparts.
„This is Washington in a nutshell: Blunder into obvious catastrophes, refuse to admit blame, and demand more of the same. That’s the John Bolton lifecycle. In between administration jobs, there are always cushy think-tank posts, paid speaking gigs, and cable news appearances. War may be a disaster for America, but for John Bolton and his fellow neocons, it’s always good business.“