Mike Pompeo blasts 'harassment' by Congress over impeachment probe

Mike Pompeo blasts 'harassment' by Congress over impeachment probe

Mike Pompeo blasts 'harassment' by Congress over impeachment probe

In a letter, the Democratic chairmen of three House committees cite reports that a Pence aide may have listened to the 25 July phone call in which Trump pushed Ukraine's new president - who was waiting for hundreds of millions of dollars of United States military aid that had been withheld - to investigate unfounded charges that Biden was involved in corrupt activities there.

The three said they were forced to issue the subpoena after the White House failed to produce documents they requested in a September 9 letter.

In their letter to the White House, the committees accused Mr Trump of "stonewalling" multiple requests for records relating to his July 25 call with Mr Zelensky.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said on Friday that the subpoena "changes nothing" and that it would be ultimately shown that Trump did nothing wrong.

Trump plans to inform House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by way of an official letter next week that the administration will refuse any subpoenas until the House holds an official vote to open the inquiry-an unnecessary formality as the majority Democrats are nearly universally united behind impeachment.

The chairmen noted that the Trump-Ukraine call transcript showed the president asking Zelensky for a "favor".

A whistleblower complaint said that Trump sought to use military assistance for Ukraine to push President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden, who is now running to be the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential candidate.

House investigators want Pence to give them documents that could shed light on whether he helped Trump pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, the former vice-president and now the leading Democratic candidate for the 2020 nomination. Trump is running for re-election.

The letter says there are "questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the president's stark message to the Ukrainian president".

When Pence met with Zelenskiy, the two discussed the $250 million in security assistance that the US Congress had approved but that the Trump administration had not disbursed.

Only three Republicans in Congress have taken issue publicly with Trump's brazen claims and his request for China to investigate Biden, most notably Sen.

The second official is among those interviewed by the intelligence community inspector general to corroborate the allegations of the original whistleblower, one of the people said, according to the Times.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answers questions with House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Shiff (D-CA) at the U.S. Capitol October 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. It is unclear if Democrats would wade into a lengthy legal fight with the administration over documents and testimony - or if they would just move straight to considering votes on articles of impeachment.

But that outcome is seen as unlikely given that the president's fellow Republicans control the Senate.

Trump pushed back hard, saying there was no quid pro quo and, in an effort to recast the entire saga, insisted it was his responsibility to investigate "corruption". The president on Thursday went a step further in his attacks on Biden when he called on China to investigate the former vice president and his son, who had business interests there.

US President Donald Trump waits to speak on the phone with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in 2017. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

Mr Trump said on Friday he would not tie a much-anticipated trade deal with China to his desire for Beijing to investigate Joe Biden.

He argued that nothing was wrong with his soliciting a foreign power to investigate a former USA vice president - who has not been accused by others of any wrongdoing - or with withholding congressionally approved US military aid or a promised visit to the White House to get his way.

Democrats have sought to use their declared impeachment investigation to bolster their case to access all sorts of documents from the administration, most recently secret grand jury information that underpinned special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. His campaign has blasted Trump's efforts as desperate.

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