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Ukraine affair: Trump adviser resigns before statement in the House of Representatives


Tim Morrison is interviewed today about the Ukraine affair. The night before, he surprisingly resigned his office. Ex-security adviser John Bolton, however, refused his statement.

A National Security Council Advisor to US President Donald Trump resigned on the eve of his statement in Congress. Tim Morrison is said to testify today on Thursday about a possible impeachment trial of Trump. Morrison "decided to pursue other options," it said from senior government circles. He has been thinking for some time about leaving the government.

Morrison's statement in the House of Representatives could be important to the possible impeachment process. According to other testimonies, Morrison had a bad feeling when Trump summoned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj in a telephone conversation in July to investigate former US Vice President Joe Biden.

Ex-adviser John Bolton does not want to testify

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton also played a key role in the testimony of previous witnesses. According to media reports, the US Democrats have summoned Bolton to a statement in the coming week. Bolton declined the invitation. His lawyer said that Bolton would not testify without a so-called "subpoena", a summons under penalty of punishment.

The Democrats have already issued several "subpoenas" to other witnesses who eventually testify. MEPs want to question Bolton himself after hearing from other witnesses that Bolton had been very worried about Trump's dealings with Ukraine. So he is said to have spoken of "a crooked thing", the Trumps personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney "hatched".

Bolton was fired by Trump in September. Both had very different views on a range of foreign and security issues, such as dealing with North Korea and Iran.

The US Democrats accuse Trump of abusing the law by attempting to persuade Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son, who used to work for a Ukrainian gas company. On Thursday, the US House of Representatives will hold a vote to impeach Trump. The opposition Democrats want to have their already over one month ongoing investigation formally be blessed.

Source: zeit

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