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10/2/2019 House Democrats to subpoena White House for documents on Ukraine

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documents on Ukraine
By Brooke Singman

Published October 02, 2019

Fox News

House Democratic leaders announced Wednesday they plan to subpoena the White House for documents related
to any efforts to pressure Ukraine to probe Joe Biden.

“The White House’s flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents—combined with stark and
urgent warnings from the Inspector General about the gravity of these allegations—have left us with no choice
but to issue this subpoena,” a memo prepared by House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah
Cummings reads.


Lawmakers are seeking documents "memorializing communications between President Trump and the leader of
any other foreign country" that relate to Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

The draft subpoena for the White House -- released by Cummings, House Intelligence Committee Chairman
Adam Schiff, and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel -- comes after the chairs issued a host of
other subpoenas to key Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and to
individuals close to the president, like Rudy Giuliani, who played a key role in seeking information from
Ukrainian officials on former Vice President Joe Biden's dealings with the country, along with those of his son

The Democratic chairs also have called several State Department officials for depositions related to the Ukraine
controversy. The depositions are for former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich, former U.S. Special
Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker—who resigned from his post last Friday—Deputy Assistant Secretary
George Kent, Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.

All officials, except Kent, were named in the whistleblower complaint accusing Trump of “using the power of
his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” The whistleblower alleged
that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president into investigating the Bidens, and Democrats have claimed this
appeared linked to U.S. military aid to Ukraine -- which Trump denies.

Schiff has also scheduled closed-door testimony from intelligence community Inspector General Michael
Atkinson, who is slated to appear before the panel on Friday. Atkinson is the intelligence community watchdog
who first received the whistleblower complaint and transmitted it to Acting Director of National Intelligence
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The subpoenas and scheduled depositions come as part of the House's formal impeachment inquiry into the
president, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced last week amid the chaos surrounding
Trump's controversial July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump, on that call,
sought for Zelensky to initiate an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. An
intelligence community whistleblower alleged that Trump was soliciting foreign aid to benefit his 2020 re-
election campaign.

The transcript of the phone call, released by the White House last week, sought help in investigating the Bidens.



“The other thing, 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 said.
“Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to

This refers to Joe Biden, while vice president, urging Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was
investigating the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings — where Hunter Biden was on the board. Biden has
maintained that corruption concerns prompted his intervention.

The president, though, has maintained that he did not engage in any misconduct, and stands by his argument that
there was nothing improper about the phone call -- instead blasting the Democrats, going so far as to call on
Schiff, D-Calif., to resign.

"Congressman Adam Schiff should resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with
the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United
States and reading it to Congress, as though mine! He is sick!" Trump tweeted Wednesday.

"All the Do Nothing Democrats are focused on is Impeaching the President for having a very good conversation
with the Ukrainian President. I knew that many people were listening, even have a transcript. They have been at
this “stuff” from the day I got elected. Bad for Country!" Trump tweeted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.
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