Trump blasts public impeachment hearings: 'This is a hoax'

John Bolton, his former national security adviser, said while he has something to say, he wants a court to decide whether he should testify.
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behind closed doors? Tonight, president trump saying the hearings should not be on TV. And he now says he may release another call with the Ukrainian president. And John Bolton's attorney signaling that Bolton knows plenty on meetings and conversations about Ukraine. Here's Terry Moran. Reporter: For weeks, president trump and Republicans blasted Democrats for holding impeachment hearings behind closed doors. But now that the public hearings will begin next week, trump is far from satisfied. They shouldn't be having public hearings. This is a hoax. This is just like the Russian witch hunt. This is just a continuation. Reporter: The president insisting he's got nothing to worry about. I'm not concerned about anything. The testimony has all been fine. For the most part, I never even heard of these people. I have no idea who they are. All that matters is one thing, the transcript. Reporter: But the witnesses to trump's dealings with Ukraine may matter, too. And today, John Bolton, his former national security adviser, made clear he's got something to say. In a letter sent to congress, Bolton's lawyer says his client "Was personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations" that investigators have already heard about, "As well as many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed." Bolton wants a court to resolve whether he should follow white house instructions not to testify or obey congress' subpoena. But Democrats are moving fast. Releasing today another transcript from a key witness, lieutenant colonel Alexander vindman, a Ukraine expert inside the white house. Vindman, who was on that call between trump and the president of Ukraine, was asked if he had any doubt trump was asking for investigations of his political opponents. "There was no doubt," vindman said. President trump, even as he proclaims that call to be perfect, is also distancing himself from key witnesses. Like his ambassador to the eu, Gordon sondland, a trump loyalist who raised $1 million for the trump campaign in 2016, and who the president once called a really good man and a great American. And who has now testified that trump was seeking a quid pro quo with Ukraine. Here's what the president says about him. Let me just tell you, I hardly know the gentleman. Enchts Terry, the president was also pressed today about another phone call with the Ukrainian president. The president said he may release that call, too? Reporter: Right after zelensky was elected in April, and the president said he may release the call, and he may also hold back. But he did say I'm very transparent. Nobody is more transparent than I am. David? Terry, thank you. And president trump also

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