The Democrats claimed that the issue of whether Kupperman should comply with a congressional subpoena or White House instructions "cannot be decided by a court", and they accused the Trump administration of having a hand in the lawsuit to impede the investigation.
"He was a no-show".
Democrats are keen to hear from Kupperman, as he reportedly was on the July 25 telephone call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart in which the U.S. leader pushed Kiev to investigate his political opponents.
In fact, it's nearly certain that courts will make short shrift of it, as one did late last week in dispensing with Trump's argument that the House has to formally vote to open an impeachment inquiry before being able to compel testimony.
Two foreign-born Florida businessmen who helped Giuliani investigate the Bidens in Ukraine have been indicted for a scheme to illegally funnel money to a pro-Trump election committee and other US political candidates. Kupperman failed to show up for his deposition in the Trump impeachment investigation, and now he's flirting with being held in contempt of Congress, reports the Hill.
"It's not an investigation".
"I don't think it alters the trajectory of our politics in any way necessarily, but without question, for the president it's a huge win".
"I had a great conversation with the Ukrainian president".
In a crystal ball below them, Trump grips an American flag.
Three Democratic committee chairmen said that Kupperman was simply trying to delay the deposition. Last week, more than two dozen party members took over the intelligence panel's secure meeting room to protest the Democrats' failure to hold public testimony. Kupperman clearly has resort to the judiciary when caught in such a vise, at least to make sure his own rights are protected.
"Given the issue of separation of powers in this matter, it would be reasonable and appropriate to expect that all parties would want judicial clarity, " Kupperman said in a statement.
Trump said he fired Bolton as national security adviser on September 10, the day before the president released the $391 million aid to Ukraine that the impeachment investigation centers on.
The committees have interviewed a series of witnesses, including current and former diplomats and administration officials, for interviews behind closed doors that often last for eight to 10 hours.
Charles Kupperman, the deputy to former National Security Advisor John Bolton, will not provide testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.
House Oversight and Reform Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio), speaks to the media during a press conference in Washington on October 23, 2019.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter Monday that the resolution was not legally necessary but the House made a decision to take the vote "to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives".
The Trump administration appealed that ruling on Monday.
The lawsuit indicates Cooper could also fight for Bolton to testify.
Schiff said over the weekend that he wants Bolton to testify, though that has not yet been scheduled.
"We are not willing to allow the White House to engage us in a lengthy game of rope-a-dope in the courts, so we will move forward, " Schiff said. "We don't need Adam Schiff's spin and falsehoods".