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The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHarris asks watchdog to investigate if State Dept. officials helped Giuliani US concludes Syria used chemical weapons in May attack Pompeo: State Department’s Ukraine actions ‘entirely appropriate’ MORE for documents relating to the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine, indicating Democrats are wasting no time diving into the formal impeachment inquiry they launched this week.
The subpoena notice, drafted in consultation with the Intelligence and Oversight and Reform committees, accuses Pompeo of refusing to turn over requested information to Congress amid the Democrats’ nascent investigation into Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Your continued refusal to provide the requested documents not only prevents our Committees from fully investigating these matters, but impairs Congress’ ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities to protect our national security and the integrity of our democracy,” wrote Reps. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDemocratic chairmen: Trump’s ‘treason’ comments constitute ‘reprehensible’ intimidation Democrats zero in on Ukraine call as impeachment support grows Democratic committee chairmen: Ukraine call transcript ‘damning’ MORE (D-N.Y.), head of Foreign Affairs; Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Intel chief defends handling of whistleblower complaint | Complaint alleged attempt to cover-up Ukraine call | US to send 200 troops to Saudi Arabia | Senate confirms Joint Chiefs No. 2 Democratic chairmen: Trump’s ‘treason’ comments constitute ‘reprehensible’ intimidation Democrats see whistleblower report as smoking gun MORE (D-Calif.), chairman of the Intelligence panel; and Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocratic chairmen: Trump’s ‘treason’ comments constitute ‘reprehensible’ intimidation Hillicon Valley: Intel chief calls ‘cyber war’ greatest threat | Report details persistent voting system vulnerabilities | Cities struggle with scooter revolution | DoorDash data breach affected 4.9 million | NY sues Dunkin’ Donuts over hack Tech trade groups rally against congressional calls to ban facial recognition technology MORE (D-Md.), who leads the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
The subpoena letter explicitly cited the Democrats’ newly launched impeachment inquiry into Trump, suggesting that party leaders will lean heavily on impeachment as a legal justification for obtaining disputed documents. A failure to produce them, they warned Pompeo, would be evidence of obstruction.
They gave a deadline of one week for the documents.
“Pursuant to the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, we are hereby transmitting a subpoena that compels you to produce the documents set forth in the accompanying schedule by October 4, 2019,” the trio of chairmen wrote.
The lawmakers also notified Pompeo in a separate letter that they had scheduled depositions for five State Department officials between Wednesday and Oct. 10.
Those officials are Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; Kurt Volker, a former NATO ambassador who is Trump’s special representative for Ukraine negotiations; State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent; State Department counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl; and Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union.
Volker resigned from his role in the Trump administration on Friday. If he appears before Congress, he will do so as a private citizen.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhistleblower filed Trump complaint after going to CIA general counsel: report Jonathan Van Ness meets with Nancy Pelosi to discuss the Equality Act Trump campaign, GOP raise M after Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday announced that the House would begin a formal investigation inquiry after a whistleblower claimed that Trump withheld aid from Ukraine in a deliberate effort to pressure its president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWhistleblower filed Trump complaint after going to CIA general counsel: report Trump campaign, GOP raise M after Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry New York Times Opinion hits Trump in Star Wars-themed video MORE, a 2020 candidate, and his son Hunter Biden.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and slammed the complaint as “fake news”, although a memo of Trump’s call with Zelensky released by the White House showed that Trump encouraged the Ukrainian president to look into Biden.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump told Zelensky in the July 25 call.
The Hill has reached out to the State Department for comment.