Sep 24, 2019

House chairs threaten "escalated measures" on Trump-Ukraine documents

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The Democratic chairs of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees sent a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Tuesday demanding that the Trump administration turn over documents related to the president's alleged attempts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden by Thursday.

"If the recent reports are accurate, it means the President raised with a foreign leader pursuing investigations related to a political opponent in an upcoming U.S. election. That is the very definition of corrupt abuse of power."

Why it matters: The letter marks a significant escalation of rhetoric from House Democrats — one that aligns with speculation that the caucus could launch impeachment proceedings imminently if Trump fails to cooperate with the Ukraine investigation.

  • The chairs wrote that that Trump's alleged wrongdoing is compounded by the administration's efforts to block an intelligence community whistleblower from reporting a complaint to Congress.
  • They called on the administration to ensure that officials with knowledge of the complaint are not subject to "intimidation, reprisal or threat of reprisal," which they said would be "illegal" and treated with the "utmost gravity."
  • The letter closes: "Failure to comply with our request will compel our [committees] to resort to escalated measures."

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The chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees said in a letter Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "appears to have an obvious conflict of interest" over President Trump's impeachment inquiry. And they warn that Pompeo may be in violation of the law if he tries to prevent staff from testifying.

Why it matters: The letter to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan is the latest escalation in a war of words between Pompeo and these House committees probing the Trump administration's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden.

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House chairs threaten White House subpoena in impeachment inquiry

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"The White House’s flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents—combined with stark and urgent warnings from the Inspector General about the gravity of these allegations—have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena."
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House chairmen accuse Pompeo of "stonewalling" in Ukraine investigation

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday accusing Democrats of "an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly" officials from the State Department who have been asked to cooperate in the Trump-Ukraine investigation.

The latest: The chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees responded to Pompeo on Tuesday afternoon, accusing him of "stonewalling" and claiming that he may be a "fact witness" in the impeachment inquiry following reports that he was on the now-infamous July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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