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Reports: John Bolton Doesnt Appear for Impeachment Deposition

Former national security adviser John Bolton didnt show up on Thursday for his closed-door testimonial during the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, according to several reports.

Bolton, a former national security adviser, was fired by Trump in September. He was formally asked to testify before the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry.

However, his lawyer, Charles Cooper, said in late October that he would not voluntarily appear in front of the committees for a deposition.

According to several reports, he was scheduled to testify starting at 9 a.m. local time, but he didnt show up.

Cooper said on Oct. 31 that Bolton wouldnt testify unless he faces a subpoena. Democrats have issued subpoenas to several other current and former Trump administration officials during their inquiry.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) previously said that officials “certainly hope that [Bolton] will cooperate,” CNN reported.

“John Bolton is a very important witness … he has very relevant information and we do want him to come in and testify,” Schiff also told ABC News last month. “My guess is that [the White House] is going to fight us having John Bolton in.”

On Thursday, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer, agreed to give testimony to the three House panels.

“Jennifer is a longtime dedicated State Department employee,” her attorney Justin Shur told NPR on Thursday. “If required to appear, she will answer the committeesquestions. We expect her testimony will largely reflect what is already in the public record.”

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