Taylor also told lawmakers that Bolton opposed Trump's now-infamous July 25 phone call with Zelensky out of concern that it "would be a disaster". She stressed that "no one is above the law". USA law prohibits candidates from accepting foreign help in an election. The Senate resolution condemns Democratic leaders for not holding a formal vote before opening their inquiry.
But after a group of Republican lawmakers threw the inquiry into chaos this week by barging into a high-security hearing room and forcing a delay in testimony from a Pentagon official, Democrats have grown more concerned about the potential for disruptions, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record. But the impeachment inquiry has managed to put even a major presidential election on the backburner.
The Constitution does not spell out how an impeachment process precisely works, leaving the House to decide its own format.
The committees have scheduled several depositions for next week, all behind closed doors. They have also promised to eventually release transcripts from the depositions.
That sets up the more critical part of the process: The Senate trial.
People who know Kupperman say they don't expect him to be swayed by politics or ideology.
White House aides and lawmakers alike have focused nearly exclusively on impeachment since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in September announced her support for a formal impeachment inquiry, and whatever motivation Trump's team had for working with Democrats on a gun reform package appears, at the moment, to have dissolved.
"The fact that the president complained that they weren't doing enough and they responded to his complaining that they weren't doing enough tells us the direction this is going to go", Meehan said.
President Trump used that argument in a lengthy letter to the House earlier this month saying that he would not cooperate. But he predicted that the White House would fight a Bolton appearance.
Hill testified that Bolton was so alarmed after hearing Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, link a possible meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to an investigation into Burisma, the Ukrainian firm on whose board Hunter Biden sat, that he instructed Hill to notify White House lawyers. In the messages, Taylor wrote that he thought it was "crazy" to withhold aid from Ukraine for help with a political campaign.
Several of the State Department officials have already told lawmakers of their concerns as Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, took charge of Ukrainian policy and as Trump pushed out the US ambassador there.
After hearing from a series of State Department officials, the three committees leading the impeachment investigation are turning their focus to the White House. Meanwhile, in a parallel effort that appears created to undermine the integrity of the Mueller report, Attorney General Bill Barr recently traveled to Italy (at least twice) and Britain to gather information as part of his review of the origins of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. They also say that the Mueller investigation is "secondary" in the impeachment probe to questions about Trump's interactions with Ukraine, lessening the need for urgency.
Second, given the frequency with which Trump blurts out sensitive information - including, in one instance, his decision to leak highly classified intelligence with Russians for no reason - it was kind of hilarious to hear him whine yesterday about leaks, as if others have been careless.
Kupperman, his lawyers say, met with and advised Trump on a regular basis and therefore can not be compelled to testify. We have got to guard this moment. They said they planned to proceed with the Monday session as scheduled. Other articles could include abuse of power or violations of the emoluments clause, which bans presidents from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments.