Impeachment Updates: Ex-Ambassador Condemns ‘Hollowed Out State Dept.’ – The New York Times

“Impeachment provides the exclusive method for Congress to investigate actions of illegal conduct by impeachable officials, particularly with the aid of compulsory process,” she wrote.

“Throughout our history, Congress, the President, and the courts have insisted upon maintaining the separation between the legislative and impeachment powers of the House and recognized the gravity and accountability that follow impeachment,” she argued, echoing House Judiciary Committee Democrats who have said an impeachment inquiry would have legal powers unavailable to other investigations.

As Democrats consider how wide their inquiry should be, Judge Rao may have given them an invitation to expand the scope of their “compulsory process.”

Andrey Kukushkin, a third player caught in the Ukraine controversy and accused of campaign finance violations, was arraigned in San Francisco on Friday, with bail set at $1 million.

The government argued that Mr. Kukushkin presented a flight risk and demanded that he be confined to his home in San Francisco until the case is heard in New York next week.

Mr. Kukushkin helped two clients of Rudolph W. Giuliani, Lev. Parnas and Igor Fruman, funnel money from a Russian businessman to state and local candidates with the hope of expediting the licensing process for marijuana businesses, according to court papers. The foreign businessman wanted to keep his involvement private because of “his Russian roots and the current political paranoia about it,” Mr. Kukushkin said, according to the indictment.

Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, has agreed to comply with a House subpoena and testify next week, despite the State Department’s instruction to him not to appear before lawmakers, Mr. Sondland’s lawyer said Friday. He was prepared to testify on Tuesday, but the Trump administration directed him not to in the 11th hour.

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