John Bolton Didn’t Want Any Part of Giuliani-Ukraine ‘Drug Deal’ According to Fiona Hill Testimony


The New York Times has reported stunning details that have emerged from closed-door testimony by former State Department aide Fiona Hill on Monday that claims recently ousted National Security Advisor John Bolton wanted nothing to do with non-traditional White House efforts to exert influence in Ukraine.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up,” said Mr. Bolton, according to Hill’s testimony, also referring to Rudy Giuliani as a “hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.

Writing for the Times, Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos report:

The aide, Fiona Hill, testified that Mr. Bolton told her to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council about a rogue effort by Mr. Sondland, Mr. Giuliani and Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, according to the people familiar with the testimony.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Mr. Bolton, a Yale-trained lawyer, told Ms. Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to two people at the deposition. (Another person in the room initially said Mr. Bolton referred to Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mulvaney, but two others said he cited Mr. Sondland.

It was not the first time Mr. Bolton expressed grave concerns to Ms. Hill about the campaign being run by Mr. Giuliani. “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up,” Ms. Hill quoted Mr. Bolton as saying during an earlier conversation.

Bolton left the Trump administration in the past month under confusion whether or not he resigned as he claimed, or was fired, as was claimed by President Donald Trump.

Watch New Day’s report above via CNN.

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