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House Democrats: We're Subpoenaing the White House

Will request 13 separate batches of documents related to Trump's Ukraine phone call
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 2, 2019 10:35 AM CDT
The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, as House Democrats move aggressively in their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – House Democrats pursuing an impeachment inquiry of President Trump say they'll subpoena the White House on Friday for documents related to his dealings with Ukraine, citing "flagrant disregard" of their previous requests for information. House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote in a memo to committee members Wednesday that the action is necessary because the White House has ignored multiple requests, reports the AP. Given the "stark and urgent warnings" the inspector general for the intelligence community has delivered to Congress, Cummings said, the panel has "no choice but to issue this subpoena." More:

  • House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff appeared at a presser with Nancy Pelosi where he provided an update on the impeachment inquiry. He expressed "[deep] concern" about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's "effort to potentially interfere with witnesses" who are set to appear before House committees, per the Guardian
  • Schiff said he wanted to make it "abundantly clear" that any effort by Pompeo, President Trump, or anyone else to interfere "will be considered as evidence of obstruction" and that any effort to block witnesses from coming forward to testify "will create an adverse inference that those allegations are correct." Schiff added, "We are proceeding deliberately, but at the same time we feel a real sense of urgency."

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