The chairmen of two key House committees have condemned the reported opening of a criminal investigation of the Russia inquiry

2.45pm BST

Mark Esper, the secretary of defense, confirmed that a small number of US troops will remain in Syria to prevent the Islamic State from gaining access to key oil resources.

BREAKING: @EsperDoD says US will maintain a small presence in #Syria to prevent #ISIS from regaining access to oil revenues…

Statement comes less than 30 minutes after POTUS tweeted “Our soldiers have left and are leaving Syria for other places, then…COMING HOME!”

2.34pm BST

John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, is reportedly in talks to sit for a deposition with the House committees investigating impeachment.

CNN reports:

Former NSC official Fiona Hill testified before the committee last week that she saw ‘wrongdoing’ in the American foreign policy and tried to report it to officials including the National Security Council’s attorney, according to multiple sources.

‘She saw wrongdoing related to the Ukraine policy and reported it,’ one source said. The same source told CNN that Hill testified that Bolton referred to Giuliani — Trump’s personal attorney — as a ‘hand grenade’ who was ‘going to blow everybody up.’

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