If he does give a deposition, Bolton would join a handful of current and former Trump administration members who have been interviewed this month as part of the Democratic-led inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
A source told CNN that Hill testified that Bolton referred to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who was working to dig up dirt on the Bidens, as a “hand grenade,” who was “going to blow everybody up.”
Hill also spoke about what she described as a rogue operation carried out by US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, and White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, which Bolton characterized as being like a “drug deal,” that source said.
Taylor’s opening statement also alleged that Trump was pressing for Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into the Bidens before he would greenlight US security assistance and a White House meeting with Zelensky.
Trump had grown increasingly irritated with Bolton for his statements on Iran, Venezuela and Afghanistan, and felt that Bolton could no longer advocate for the President’s agenda, a senior administration official told CNN at the time.
CNN’s Jim Acosta, Gloria Borger, Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb, Alex Rogers, Pamela Brown, Zachary Cohen, Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.