Sep 27, 2019

House committees subpoena Mike Pompeo for Ukraine documents

Pompeo during a meeting at the Chinese Mission to the United Nations Sept. 26. Photo: Bryan R. Smith/ AFP/Getty Images

Three House committees subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday for documents related to investigations on whether President Trump jeopardized national security by pressuring Ukraine's president to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

Why it matters: The subpoena from the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees for these documents — which the committees have previously requested from Pompeo — now has the authority of a formal impeachment inquiry behind it.

Details: The subpoena states that Pompeo has until October 4 to provide documents as "part of the impeachment inquiry and shared among the Committees."

The committees also scheduled depositions for 5 State Department officials on Friday, as part of the House impeachment inquiry, in the following schedule:

  • October 3: Ambassador Kurt Volker
  • October 7: Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent
  • October 8: Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl
  • October 10: Ambassador Gordon Sondland
  • October 11: Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

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Editor's note: This piece has been updated to reflect that Yovanovitch's deposition has been rescheduled from Oct. 2 to Oct. 11.

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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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Why it matters: The details of the "urgent" briefing are unknown, but the news follows an escalating war of words between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and key House committees investigating President Trump's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

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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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