Bolton lawyers in contact with impeachment committee members: reports

Attorneys for former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge lifts restraining order on Mary Trump on eve of book's release The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K Juan Williams: Trump's silence on Russian bounties betrays America MORE are in touch with House committee staffers about the possibility of his testifying in Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE, NBC News and CNN reported Friday

Bolton, whom Trump fired last month, has broken with the president on multiple foreign policy issues, and previous House witnesses have described him as sharply critical of Trump's dealings with Ukraine, which are at the center of the inquiry.

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Former Trump aide Fiona Hill reportedly testified before the House panels last week that Bolton described Trump lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' MORE as a "hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up."

She also reportedly said Bolton told her to tell White House lawyers "I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and [chief of staff Mick] Mulvaney are cooking up," referring to an alleged back channel diplomatic effort with Kiev.

Democrats expressed a strong desire to speak with Bolton following Hill's testimony. 

“He’s as big a hawk as you’re going to find,” House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchNational Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus Democrats roll out national plan to reopen America Democrats press USDA to create rural coronavirus task force MORE (D-Vt.) said last week. “And according to the news report, he was shocked and appalled at the run-around of the official channels for a private foreign policy run by Giuliani. So that makes what he has to say of interest to me.”

Spokespeople for the House Foreign Affairs and Intelligence committees declined to comment on whether they were in touch with Bolton's lawyers. The Hill has also reached out to the Oversight and Reform Committee for comment.

The impeachment inquiry was spurred by a whistleblower's complaint that says Trump sought to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' Biden lets Trump be Trump MORE, a leading 2020 contender, and his son, Hunter Biden, in order to gain an edge in next year's election. 

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, but a recreated transcript the White House released of a July 25 phone call between him and the Ukrainian president included Trump asking for the Biden probe as a favor, naming Giuliani and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWe haven't seen how low it can go Trump lashes out at Toomey, Romney after Roger Stone clemency criticism GOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' MORE as administration officials who could assist on the matter. The call came days after Trump delayed the release of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.