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New Ruling Wont Compel John Bolton to Testify, Lawyer Says

A lawyer representing former National Security Adviser John Bolton said the Nov. 25 ruling ordering ex-White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in the House Democrats impeachment probe does not apply to his client.

Charles Cooper, who is representing Bolton and Boltons former deputy, Charles Kupperman, said Tuesday that the ruling applies to neither because they were national security officials while McGahn was not.

“In McGahn, the House Judiciary Committee emphasized to the district court that the information it sought from Mr. McGahn did not involve the sensitive topics of national security or foreign affairs,'” Cooper said in a statement sent to news outlets.

“Therefore, any passing references in the McGahn decision (instead of courts opinion) to Presidential communications concerning national security matters are not authoritative on the validity of testimonial immunity for close White House advisors, like Dr. Kupperman, whose responsibilities are focused exclusively on providing information and advice to the President on national security.”

White House Counsel Don McGahn
White House Counsel Don McGahn
White House Counsel Don McGahn sits behind U.S. President Donald Trump as the president holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., on June 21, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Cooper previously said that Bolton has new details about the Trump administrations dealings with Ukraine.

Several lawsuits are in courts pertaining to whether White House officials have to comply with subpoenas issued during the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama, ruled Monday that McGahn has to testify to the House Judiciary Committee.

“This Court holds that individuals who have been subpoenaed for testimony by an authorized committee of Congress must appear for testimony in response to that subpoena—i.e., they cannot ignore or defy congressional compulsory process, by order of the President or otherwise,” Jackson wrote in her opinion.

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