Dec 9, 2019

GOP House Intel counsel argues Democrats failed to enforce impeachment subpoenas

Steve Castor, the counsel representing Republicans from the House Intelligence Committee, argued during Monday's impeachment hearing that House Democrats failed to properly obtain and enforce subpoenas for Trump administration staffers to garner additional testimony in their impeachment inquiry.

Yes, but: For the last two months, the White House has blasted the impeachment inquiry as "constitutionally illegitimate" and refused to take part at all. Democrats chose to move forward without said testimony — especially from some key staffers, like former national security adviser John Bolton — because a court battle to enforce any subpoenas could take months.

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House Judiciary Committee hears impeachment evidence

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The House Judiciary Committee heard the evidence behind the impeachment inquiry on Monday in a marathon nine-and-a-half hour hearing.

Why it matters: The committee is likely only days away from drafting formal articles of impeachment against President Trump — and this hearing was one of House Democrats' last chances to summarize their case against the president to the public.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit from Bolton deputy subpoenaed in impeachment inquiry

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A federal judge on Monday dismissed and declared moot a lawsuit by former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, who was seeking a ruling on whether to comply with a subpoena in the House's impeachment inquiry or a directive from the White House blocking his testimony.

The big picture: The House committees conducting the investigation into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine withdrew Kupperman's subpoena in November, believing that they could move forward with impeachment without getting tangled up in a prolonged court battle.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Dec 30, 2019

Republican counsel says Democrats are impeaching Trump because they disagree with him

Steve Castor, acting as counsel for Republicans on both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, argued during Monday's impeachment hearing that House Democrats are only seeking to impeach President Trump because they disagree with his policies.

The big picture: In his opening statement as Judiciary's counsel, Castor framed the Ukraine investigation as a last-ditch Democratic attempt to act against the president, saying, "To impeach a president who 63 million people voted for over eight lines in a call transcript is baloney."

Read his statementArrowUpdated Dec 9, 2019