House Democrats say they will subpoena White House for Ukraine documents

House Democrats say they will subpoena White House for Ukraine documents

House Democrats say they will subpoena White House for Ukraine documents

Trump has defended the call and says he did nothing improper, blasting Democrats on Twitter for "wasting everyone's time and energy".

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he saw no evidence of pressure in Trump's July conversation with Zelenskiy and added that there was nothing wrong with the USA president asking for an investigation into potential corruption.

House Speaker Pelosi also claimed that, despite their impeachment inquiry, they could work with President Trump on issues such as fixing drug pricing and passing the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement.

"I think the whistleblower should be protected - if the whistleblower is legitimate", he said.

It's a unusual standard to apply to a situation of Pelosi's own making.

The flurry of subpoenas shows how quickly the Democrats have escalated their impeachment inquiry. Impeachment, by its very nature, stops all other legislation.

Trump, during the 17 minutes he spoke to reporters in the Oval Office, also lashed out at Schiff.

He told Ingraham that in "a couple of talks" with attorneys, they suggested that "we should bring a lawsuit on behalf of the president and several people in the administration, maybe even myself as a lawyer, against the members of Congress individually for violating constitutional rights, violating civil rights".

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, appearing with Pelosi, was also the target of one of Trump's tweets for his remarks updating reporters on the state of the impeachment inquiry.

Speaking of the probe and Democrats' bad faith, Schiff said Democrats "are deeply concerned about Secretary Pompeo's effort now to potentially interfere with witnesses whose testimony is needed before our committee".

The Democrat-led House is pursuing an impeachment inquiry specifically focusing on Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the administration's actions in the lead-up to the call.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected a similar series of Democratic demands regarding the Ukraine Tuesday; saying left-wing lawmakers were attempting to "bully and intimidate" Trump officials.

"The committees are working in a coordinated and expeditious manner", wrote the authors - House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, Oversight panel chairman Elijah Cummings and foreign affairs chairman Eliot Engel.

The documents were obtained from the State Department's acting legal adviser, according to the email.

"If they are going to prevent witnesses from coming forward to testify on the allegations in the whistleblower complaint, that will create an adverse inference that those allegations are in fact correct", Schiff said.

All of this demonstrates the bad faith with which Democrats have undertaken their impeachment probe from the start.

The escalating exchange of accusations and warnings signaled yet another stiffening in the confrontation between the executive and legislative branches amid the Democrats' launching of the impeachment inquiry late last week.

This is no small thing.

President Donald Trump welcomed the president of Finland to the White House, Wednesday, October 2.

As Trump continued to rage against the impeachment inquiry, there was little evidence of a broader White House response.

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