According to Hill's account of events, Bolton instructed her to notify the National Security Council of the Trump administration's activities, calling them a "drug deal".
During the July phone call, Trump asked Zelensky for "a favor", namely to investigate Ukraine's alleged ties to 2016 election interference and the business dealings of political rival former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. At various points Kent also described himself as battling officials inside the State Department to ensure that congressional subpoenas were honored and a full accounting of Giuliani's activities reached lawmakers. A transcript of his testimony was released earlier this week.
A US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee official said that Bolton has threatened to take the committee to court if it subpoenas him.
Kent told investigators that that was his understanding of what Trump wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to say in order to unlock US military aid, as relayed to the official by others, including those in direct contact with the president.
The Democrats will ask the diplomats to discuss their understanding of events before and after a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy. Democrats initially said they wanted the whistleblower to testify in a closed-door hearing but reversed themselves after it was revealed that at least one staff member of House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) met with the person before the complaint was filed.
One Democratic member of the intelligence panel, Washington Rep. Denny Heck, said Thursday that there is "already a mountain of evidence" in the probe.
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, an NSC official who testified before the committees later in October, said in his testimony that Hill, his supervisor, raised concerns to Sondland after Sondland raised the prospect of Ukraine opening investigations in exchange for a White House visit.
According to transcripts from a series of closed-door depositions that have already been held in the probe, Jordan, unlike Nunes, has been present at every deposition and has participated in questioning witnesses.
McCarthy says he may also move other Trump defenders, like Reps.
And then? Hill said Bolton abruptly ended the meeting.
The hearings will mark a new, and potentially significant, phase of the impeachment inquiry, which Democrats launched in September.
Investigators are wrapping up the private interviews as they prepare to start public hearings next week.
They are trying to determine whether Trump froze $391 million United States in security assistance for Ukraine to put pressure on Zelensky to conduct the investigation, misusing USA foreign policy for his personal gain.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, walks to a secure area at the Capitol to interview a witness in the House impeachment inquiry in Washington on November 6, 2019.