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House Dems subpoena Mike Pompeo for Ukraine documents


Committee chairmen warned the secretary of state that his non-compliance would be evidence of obstruction

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The House of Representatives' Committee on Foreign Affairs issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday, requesting documentation relating to the Trump administration's interactions with the Ukrainian government.

What are the details?

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent the letter to Pompeo as part of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In the subpoena notice, the chairmen accused the secretary of state of refusing to comply with previous requests for the documentation, calling his actions "troubling."

"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 responsibility to protect our national security and the integrity of our democracy," the letter reads.

The Representatives warned, "Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House's impeachment inquiry."

The same lawmakers sent a second letter to Pompeo Friday, notifying him that five State Department officials have been slated to provide depositions between Oct. 2 and Oct. 10 as part of the impeachment inquiry.

The Hill reported that "those officials are Marie 'Masha' Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; Kurt Volker, a former United Nations ambassador who is Trump's special representative for Ukraine negotiations; Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent; State Department Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl; and Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union."

Anything else?

Democrats launched their "formal" impeachment inquiry against President Trump this week, after months of pressure from the far-left facets of the party. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed to pursue impeachment after an alleged whistleblower's complaint was exposed, accusing the president of improper conduct during a conversation with Zelensky.

Critics accuse the president of threatening to withhold aid from Ukraine unless the government assisted in investigating the alleged improper dealings of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, while the elder Biden was serving as vice president.

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