House Democrats have continued to push through on their impeachment inquiry against President Trump by putting out subpoenas to the Pentagon and Office of Management and Budget.
The Democratic chairmen of three House committees issued the subpoenas on Monday for documents related to a decision to delay military aid to Ukraine in the investigation of Trump’s request for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
House Democrats subpoena Pentagon chief Mark Esper, giving the Defense Department until October 15 to produce documents related to the delay in military aid to Ukraine pic.twitter.com/h9QNsobkap
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) October 7, 2019
The House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Committee on Oversight and Reform chairman, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and a letter to OMB Acting Director Russell Vought demanding the documents.
“Pursuant to the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, we are hereby transmitting a subpoena that compels you to produce the documents set forth in the accompanying schedule by October 15, 2019,” they wrote.
“The committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding military assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters,” the letter continued.
The letter comes on the heels of subpoenas by the same Democrats issued to the White House last week as well, as to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
The letter on Monday conveying the subpoenas to the Pentagon and OMB cited “press reports” that claimed Trump allegedly ordered the hold up of military aid to Ukraine.
“The enclosed subpoena demands documents that are necessary for the Committees to examine this sequence of these events and the reasons behind the White House’s decision to withhold critical military assistance to Ukraine that was appropriated by Congress to counter Russian aggression,” the chairmen wrote.
The subpoenas issued a deadline of about two weeks for the documents while Democrats have still not formally voted on articles of impeachment nor named a specific crime committed by the president. The latest attack on Trump followed a whistleblower complaint about the July phone call between Trump and the Ukraine president.
New text messages revealed that there was no quid pro quo in Trump’s phone call with Zelensky, as the president has asserted from the start. The messages between former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker, William Taylor, temporary ambassador to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union appeared to back the president’s claims that he never asked Ukraine to investigate Biden in exchange for releasing U.S. military aid.
But a second whistleblower was confirmed on Sunday who purportedly backed up the first anonymous whistleblower’s allegations, which were based on second-hand information. The president challenged House Democrats to “Keep them coming!” in a tweet reacting to the reports.
The first so-called second hand information “Whistleblower” got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another “Whistleblower” is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info. Meet with Shifty. Keep them coming!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham vowed that if Democrats followed through with their impeachment efforts against Trump he would be sure to call the whistleblowers to testify publicly.
Lindsey Graham vows leakers will testify publicly — if Dems push impeachment https://t.co/9OGwOFvN0u
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 7, 2019
The whistleblowers will have to “come forward, under oath, testify so the public can judge their credibility,” the South Carolina Republican told Fox News, promising that “if that doesn’t happen in the House, I’ll make sure it happens in the Senate.”
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