A State Department official will declare to Congress on Wednesday that former National Security adviser John Bolton warned him that Rudy Giuliani "was a key voice with the president about Ukraine" and that this could complicate US goals in the European country.
Christopher Anderson's testimony makes it clear that administration officials of President Donald Trump were concerned about Giuliani's behind-the-scenes involvement in politics toward Ukraine and his efforts to investigate Democrats, even before the July 25 telephone conversation between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Anderson will describe a meeting in June in which Bolton says he expressed support for strengthening energy cooperation with Ukraine and getting Zelenskiy to initiate anti-corruption reforms.RELATED
‘However, he warned him that Mr. Giuliani was a key voice with the president about Ukraine, which could be an obstacle to the increasing involvement of the White House,” Anderson will say according to prepared statements obtained by The Associated Press. Giuliani is Trump's personal lawyer.
Another official who will testify Wednesday, Catherine Croft, will say that during her time at the National Security Council she received numerous phone calls from lobbyist Robert Livingston in which he told her that the Ukrainian ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, should be fired.
‘He described Ambassador Yovanovitch as a‘ vestige of Obama ’and associated with George Soros. It was not clear to me then – not now – on instructions from whom or at whose expense Mr. Livingston was seeking the dismissal of Ambassador Yovanovitch. ”
His testimonies follow that of Alexander Vindman, an army officer with the National Security Council who said he twice expressed concerns about the administration's efforts for Ukraine to investigate Democrats and Biden.
Vindman, a lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq and later as a diplomat, was the first declaring official to have personally heard Trump's telephone conversation with Zelenskiy.