Former White House national security adviser John Bolton was a no-show today for his scheduled closed-door deposition with the House Intelligence committee.
Bolton reportedly told the House committees handling the ongoing impeachment inquiry that he planned to challenge any subpoenas that might be issued for him.
The Washington Post reported this morning that Bolton “is willing to defy the White House and testify in the House impeachment inquiry about his alarm at the Ukraine pressure campaign if a federal court clears the way, according to people familiar with his views.”
A spokesman for the House Intelligence Committee has already indicated Democrats have “no interest in allowing the administration to play a rope-a-dope with us in the courts for months.” The official added that the White House plan to block testimony will be viewed as further evidence of obstruction for a potential article of impeachment.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff announced on Wednesday that public impeachment hearings before his committee will begin next week.
Legal experts have opined that House Democrats may believe they have enough evidence to proceed without the testimony of White House officials.