Monday, 14 October, 2019

Democrats subpoena Sondland for testimony, documents

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Steven Clarke | 09 October, 2019, 18:25

One of the administration's first moves: The State Department on Tuesday barred Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador, from appearing before a House panel conducting the impeachment inquiry into Trump. At least three officials are scheduled to speak Thursday and Friday, including Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was recalled by the Trump administration, and two associates of Rudy Giuliani: Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

The letter said Trump has been denied basic due process rights, such as to cross-examine witnesses, call witnesses to testify, receive transcripts of testimony, and have access to evidence.

"The White House letter is only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy, and to insist that the President is above the law", she wrote.

Cipollone also accused Congress of threatening executive branch officials with punishment for exercising "fundamental constitutional rights and prerogatives". Cipollone goes so far as to accuse Democrats of seeking to overturn the 2016 election results. In a memo reviewed by the New York Times, the whistleblower wrote that a White House official who listened to President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president found the conversation "crazy" and "frightening".

Meanwhile, Trump said his request for Ukraine's assistance to look into Biden's dealings was meant to investigate alleged corruption, not to look for information on a political opponent.

Former US military base in N. Syria left deserted following withdrawal
We didn't respond to this unprovoked attack. "We invite @POTUS to come see the progress #SDF & #US made in NE #Syria", he said . Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, meanwhile, accused the USA of playing "very unsafe games" with the Syrian Kurds .

The White House has embarked on a newly clear strategy to counter the impeachment threat to Trump: Stall.

Sondland replied: "Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said President Trump is "obstructing Congress from getting the facts" it needs in the impeachment inquiry after his administration blocked a USA diplomat from testifying before three committees. Now they are stating outright that the president "personally ordered the obstruction of a lawful Congressional inquiry". I have actually said that he has violated the terms of service of his Twitter account and therefore he should be relieved of his privileges. The president is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign.

The letter states that for these reasons, the White House won't comply with the demands of House lawmakers. In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his Administration can not participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.

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