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

Ex-national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE described President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiKrebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race Krebs: I'm 'most upset' I didn't get to say goodbye to my team 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.

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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 rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Five things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs 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 MulvaneyMick Mulvaney 'concerned' by Giuliani role in Trump election case On The Money: Senate releases spending bills, setting up talks for December deal | McConnell pushing for 'highly targeted' COVID deal | CFPB vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency Consumer bureau vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency 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.