Bolton called Giuliani a 'hand grenade' who would blow everyone up: report

Ex-national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonSunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed MORE described President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE as a "hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up" in a private conversation with another official who was deposed by congressional committees on Monday as part of the impeachment inquiry.

Bolton made the comment to Fiona Hill, the senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs, in a July 10 conversation after a separate meeting with Gordon Sondland, the Trump donor who became U.S. ambassador to the European Union, according to a report by The New York Times.

The Times was reporting on Hill's testimony to three committees on Monday, all of which was behind closed doors.


The remarks attributed to Bolton, who previously worked in the administration of President George W. Bush, highlights the differences within the Trump administration over an effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE, a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. 

They also highlight tensions within the administration over the activities of Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who appeared to be running a shadow diplomacy effort with Ukraine. 

After a testy exchange with Sondland on July 10, according to the Times, Bolton told Hill to alert White House lawyers about the pressure campaign officials were making on Ukraine to conduct an investigation into Biden.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to the testimony reported by the Times. That is a reference to Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneySupreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau Bottom line White House goes through dizzying change in staff MORE, the acting White House chief of staff.

Hill said Bolton told her to contact the chief lawyer for the National Security Council about an effort by Sondland, Giuliani and Mulvaney, according to sources who spoke with the Times.

Hill testified for 10 hours behind closed doors on Monday as part of the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

The inquiry is centered on allegations that Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son. 

Sondland is also set to testify to Congress this week behind closed doors.

Bolton resigned as national security adviser in September after numerous differences with Trump. 

Two associates of Giuliani were indicted last week on campaign finance charges related to an effort to get money to U.S. politicians and influence U.S. policy toward Ukraine.