House Democrats subpoena White House for documents in impeachment investigation

Sunday, 06 Oct, 2019

Earlier in July, Trump - without explanation - suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance to Ukraine, which had been approved by Congress. The best US diplomat didn't say regardless of whether he imagined the contents of the simply call ended up inappropriate, or whether or not he considered they warranted the whistleblower complaint that triggered the impeachment probe.

"The existing rules of the House provide House Committees with full authority to conduct investigations for all matters under their jurisdiction, including impeachment investigations", Pelosi wrote Thursday in a letter to House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy after he, too, pressed for a floor vote.

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Democrats also had given Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a Friday deadline to turn over records to Congress related to Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an episode at the center of an intelligence official's whistleblower complaint and Democrats' expanding impeachment investigation.

Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was vice president, but has not been officially accused of any wrongdoing.

In the inquiry itself, House investigators released a cache of text messages showing top USA diplomats encouraging Ukraine's newly-elected president to conduct an investigation linked to Joe Biden's family in return for a high-profile visit with Mr Trump in Washington.

Republicans told NPR that the next few weeks would likely determine whether that bulwark holds - or whether cracks may begin to form. He has constantly violated laws and norms of behavior in the apparent hope that he can normalize unprecedented behavior by constantly bombarding the public with one scandal after another.

President Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong.

White House advisor Ivanka Trump speaks before the signing of the White Houses Pledge To Americas Workers at El Centro community college on October 3, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.

Both The Post and the New York Times have published stories identifying the whistleblower as a Central Intelligence Agency officer, drawing objections from the whistleblower's lawyers, who say he is entitled to anonymity under the law. And he said he believes the move will backfire on Democrats politically.

Kurt Volker, the USA special representative on Ukraine, resigns after Congress orders him to provide a deposition as part of the impeachment inquiry.

The move on October 4 by three Democratic committee chairmen in the House of Representatives is likely to raise tensions even higher between Democrats and the US administration. "But his actions have let us with no choice but to issue this subpoena".

Trump steps up his personal attacks on Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who is spearheading the impeachment probe, saying he should be arrested for "treason".

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he implicated the President directly in the controversial recall of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and tied that removal to efforts to get Ukraine to investigate Biden.

Volker testifies behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.

They also cited reports that Trump had Pence convey to Zelensky that the USA would withhold military aid to Ukraine while it demanded a corruption investigation.

"One can argue if they're in an impeachment investigation, they're in an impeachment".