Democrats subpoena Sondland for testimony, documents

Democrats subpoena Sondland for testimony, documents

USA ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a pivotal witness in the Trump-Ukraine scandal, was reportedly directed to abstain from appearing just hours before his interview was scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.

Volker also provided text messages from among himself, Sondland and William Taylor, a top official in the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, during his appearance before the House committees last week.

In the letter, Cipollone added that the Democrats "have designed and implemented your inquiry in a maimer that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process" by "denying the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other basic rights guaranteed to all Americans".

Whether Yovanovitch will appear has been thrown into question by the White House's assertion that it will not cooperate with what it now considers an illegitimate impeachment inquiry of the president.

Pelosi argues the impeachment inquiry she launched is constitutional and that no House vote is necessary at this juncture.

Trump attorneys sent a letter to House leaders bluntly stating their refusal to participate in the quickly moving impeachment investigation.

"For a while, the President has tried to normalize lawlessness".

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"This letter is manifestly wrong, and is simply another unlawful attempt to hide the facts of the Trump Administration's brazen efforts to pressure foreign powers to intervene in the 2020 elections".

The White House has embarked on a newly clear strategy to counter the impeachment threat to Trump: Stall. Despite the White House's stonewalling, we see a growing body of evidence that shows that President Trump abused his office and violated his oath to 'protect, preserve and defend the Constitution.' .

"Mr. President, you are not above the law. As the sitting U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and employee of the State Department, Ambassador Sondland is required to follow the Department's direction".

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) are now demanding that Sondland appear for a deposition on October 16 at 9:30 a.m.

A characteristically sarcastic George Conway, husband to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, was unsurprised by the news that Sondland would not be testifying, tweeting: "But we were all so looking forward to his testimony about the world's most flawless presidential phone call".

"President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process", the eight-page letter read.

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