House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings subpoenas White House for Ukraine documents – NBC News

WASHINGTON — House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., subpoenaed the White House on Friday for documents related to the House impeachment investigation after administration officials failed to comply with repeated requests for the materials.

The subpoena seeks documents related to President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic candidate for president. Cummings issued the subpoena in consultation with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.

“We deeply regret that President Trump has put us — and the nation — in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,” the three chairmen wrote in a letter addressed to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney Friday.

The Democratic chairmen warned the White House on Wednesday that they planned to issue the subpoena by the end of the week if officials refused to comply with the request for relevant materials.

Mulvaney has until Oct. 18 to respond, the letter said.

The White House dismissed the move as political posturing. “This subpoena changes nothing – just more document requests, wasted time, and taxpayer dollars that will ultimately show the President did nothing wrong,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement Friday evening. “The Do Nothing Democrats can continue with their kangaroo court while the President and his Administration will continue to work on behalf of the American people.”

Cummings’ subpoena marks the third one issued by House Democrats since the impeachment inquiry formally launched last week; the other subpoenas targeted the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schiff made clear earlier this week that if the White House and the administration continued to stonewall congressional requests seeking information through testimony or documents, then the White House would be “strengthening the case on obstruction.”

“If they are going to prevent witnesses from coming forward to testify on the allegations in the whistleblower complaint, that will create an adverse inference that those allegations are, in fact, correct,” Schiff told reporters during a press conference Wednesday.


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