Support for impeachment has reached a new high as Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has subpoenaed EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland to testify.
Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA::
The House of Representatives is engaged in an impeachment inquiry to determine whether the President violated his oath of office and endangered our national security by pressing Ukraine to launch sham investigations to assist his personal and political interests rather than the interests of the American people. Today, the White House has once again attempted to impede and obstruct the impeachment inquiry.
This morning, we learned from Ambassador Sondland’s personal attorneys that the State Department left a voicemail last night at 12:30 a.m. informing them that the Trump Administration would not allow the Ambassador to appear today as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry.
In addition, Ambassador Sondland’s attorneys have informed us that the Ambassador has recovered communications from his personal devices that the Committees requested prior to his interview today. He has turned them over to the State Department, however, and the State Department is withholding them from the Committees, in defiance of our subpoena to Secretary Pompeo.
These actions appear to be part of the White House’s effort to obstruct the impeachment inquiry and to cover up President Trump’s misconduct from Congress and the American people. Ambassador Sondland’s testimony and documents are vital, and that is precisely why the Administration is now blocking his testimony and withholding his documents.
We consider this interference to be obstruction of the impeachment inquiry.
We will be issuing a subpoena to Ambassador Sondland for both his testimony and documents.
Sondland has text messages and emails that are of vital interest to the impeachment investigation. Sondland turned them over to the State Department, but Trump and the State Department refuse to turn them over to Congress.
Democrats aren’t going to allow Trump to drag out the impeachment probe into the 2020 election, so that he can run on it, and claim that impeachment is political. Democrats are moving deliberately, but quickly. They already have the evidence that they need to impeach Trump. They are building the case for the Senate trial. The story ends up in the same place, no matter what, with Donald Trump being the third president in history to be impeached.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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