Trump lawyer Giuliani subpoenaed in impeachment inquiry

Trump lawyer Giuliani subpoenaed in impeachment inquiry

Trump lawyer Giuliani subpoenaed in impeachment inquiry

New revelations emerged Monday that President Donald Trump urged the Australian prime minister to work with the Department of Justice to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

The refusal, in a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), described the demand for depositions by five officials who played a role in USA relations with Ukraine as "an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly, the distinguished professionals of the Department of State".

Pompeo accused committee staff of giving inadequate time for deposed individuals to prepare and retain proper legal counsel.

"I'm concerned with aspects of the Committee's request that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, & treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career FSOs", Pompeo wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

"Our inquiry includes an investigation of credible allegations that you acted as an agent of the President in a scheme to advance his personal political interests by abusing the power of the Office of the President", reads the letter from House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel and House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings.

Pompeo is the first Cabinet official known to have heard Trump press the Ukrainian leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son for corruption.

The former vice president's new stance contrasts with what he said in a recent interview, where he claimed the Trump-Ukraine phone call transcript may reveal an impeachable offense.

House Democrats have subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for Ukraine documents; Rich Edson reports.

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined the rest of her caucus to endorse impeachment proceedings against the president, announcing the official opening of an impeachment inquiry.

House Democrats say they are moving full steam ahead on the impeachment inquiry and will ideally wrap up the investigation by the end of their current legislative session in December. The two-year, unlimited-resources USA special counsel probe ultimately found no collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. But Mr. Giuliani was on television attacking former White House counsel Don McGahn, a longtime friend of the attorney general who had testified to investigators about some of the most notable incidents in the report, including Mr. Trump's efforts to seek Mr. Mueller's dismissal. While some Democrats have been pushing to impeach the president starting at least as soon as two weeks after Trump took office in 2017, now a majority of Democrats support attempting to remove Trump from office prior to next year's election.

But according to polls from Quinnipiac University, support for removing the president has been growing since Democrats launched the inquiry.

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