For Impeachment Witnesses, Testifying Can Cost $15,000

For Impeachment Witnesses, Testifying Can Cost $15,000

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Mr. Trump forced out as ambassador to Ukraine in May. Ms. Daum represents Kurt D. Volker, who resigned last month as the special envoy to Ukraine, and Philip T. Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia.

Other lawyers have deep backgrounds in intelligence or foreign policy, including John Bellinger, a legal adviser to the National Security Council and the State Department under President George W. Bush, and Lee S. Wolosky, a national security official under both Mr. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Bellinger represents William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine who on Tuesday provided the most damning testimony to date against the president. He also represents Michael McKinley, who quit his senior State Department post after the White House forced out Ms. Yovanovitch.

Mr. Wolosky, who represents Fiona Hill, a former Russia expert on Mr. Trump’s National Security Council, wound up in a standoff with the White House Counsel’s Office over his client’s testimony.

Three days before Ms. Hill was to testify, two lawyers from the counsel’s office argued to him in a telephone conversation that the discussions she was privy to were protected by executive privilege.

illuminated the divisions within the White House over the president’s efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader for political gain.

Andrew Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid, who represent the C.I.A. officer whose whistle-blower complaint touched off the impeachment investigation, are fighting a different battle. Republicans are trying to force their client to testify, hoping it would reveal a bias against Mr. Trump. But his lawyers are trying to keep his identity confidential for his protection. They also say investigators no longer need him because a stream of other witnesses, many with firsthand information, have given accounts.

Neither that whistle-blower nor a second one is paying them, but a charitable organization established to aid whistle-blowers has raised about $220,000 to cover their firm’s work.

As investigators assemble facts and work their way through witnesses, the legal bills are certain to mount. The House Intelligence Committee, which is leading the investigation, has yet to summon a parade of high-profile witnesses, including John R. Bolton, who left last month as national security adviser.

Mr. Bolton has already secured a high-powered lawyer: Charles J. Cooper, who represented Jeff Sessions when he was attorney general during the Russia investigation.

Mr. Cooper also represents Charles M. Kupperman, the former acting national security adviser, who is expected to testify next week.

Julian E. Barnes and Michael S. Schmidt contributed reporting.

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