Updated Oct 30, 2019

John Bolton has been asked to testify in impeachment probe

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President Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton has been asked to testify before House investigators on Nov. 7, according to a copy of the request obtained by Axios. Bolton's lawyer said he would not appear voluntarily but he would accept a subpoena on Bolton's behalf, the New York Times' reports.

Why it matters: Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill testified earlier this month that Bolton told a top Russia aide to notify White House lawyers about a campaign to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate the Biden family and the 2016 election.

What they're saying: Hill said Bolton told her to alert the chief lawyer on the National Security Council that Giuliani was "cooking up" a "rogue operation" with acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the EU, per the Times.

  • Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat on the Oversight committee, said that Bolton can clarify "the extent of the president's awareness" of withholding military aid and "he can talk about his own warnings to the president."
  • Khanna added that Bolton could also speak to the president's awareness of arranging a meeting in exchange for a commitment from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open a political investigation.

Our thought bubble: ‪Bolton shares the same lawyer with former NSC official Charles Kupperman, who filed a lawsuit last week asking a federal judge to rule on whether he should testify given that Trump has asserted he is immune from the congressional process and instructed him not to appear.

The bottom line: Bolton could be a key witness in the inquiry. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said this week that he assumes the Trump administration will fight House investigators in court to keep Bolton from appearing.

Go deeper: Schiff: John Bolton is a "very important witness" in impeachment inquiry

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

Police block protesters at a rally on May 30 outside the state house on the fourth straight day of demonstrations against the death of George Floyd. Photo: Megan Jelinger/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the U.S. Saturday, amid tense standoffs with police in several cities.

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

U.S. cities crack down on protests against police brutality

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.