Some witnesses called to testify in the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump are defying Democratic lawmakers’ requests to appear in closed-door hearings before the investigation moves into its public phase, Reuters reports.
Three White House budget officials, including the acting budget director, are refusing to appear, a senior Trump administration official said. Their testimony is considered critical to helping determine whether Trump used foreign aid as leverage to secure a political favor.
Another important witness slated for Monday is John Eisenberg, the top lawyer for the White House National Security Council. Lawmakers are especially interested in questioning him about a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
As we reported earlier, Trump's Homeland Security ex-Advisor John Bolton has not agreed to appear in Congress voluntarily in order to testify as part of an investigation into President Donald Trump's impeachment. It was reported by The Associated Press.
Bolton's lawyer, Charles Cooper, said that Bolton would not appear in Congress without an official summon. Cooper stated that he was ready to accept the lawmakers’ summon on Bolton's behalf.