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Politics Democrats subpoena Pentagon, budget chiefs in impeachment push

20:10  07 october  2019
20:10  07 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

House Dems look for paper trail on blocked military aid to Ukraine

  House Dems look for paper trail on blocked military aid to Ukraine Chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is under scrutiny after House committees issued subpoenas targeting the White House and the OMB.House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry issued subpoenas on Monday to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Defense Department, hoping to get their hands on documents that could shed light on how White House officials sought to hold up the funding package, and how they communicated the decision to the Defense and State departments.

US House Democrats have stated that they are seeking documents related to Trump’s decision to withhold military assistance to Ukraine, Reuters reported. US Democrats have subpoenaed the Pentagon and the White House budget office in the impeachment inquiry, according to Reuters.

US Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry said they had "no choice" but to subpoena the Trump administration. The heads of the Democratic -led committees involved in the investigation said in a joint statement to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney that they "deeply regret" having to

House Democrats on Monday subpoenaed the heads of the Defense Department and Office of Management and Budget for documents related to the Trump administration's decision to withhold financial aid to Ukraine while the president pushed the allied nation for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

a group of people standing next to a man wearing a suit and tie: Democrats subpoena Pentagon, budget chiefs in impeachment push © UPI Photo Democrats subpoena Pentagon, budget chiefs in impeachment push

In letters to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) acting director Russell Vought, the three committee chairmen leading the House's impeachment inquiry asked for the documents to be provided by Oct. 15.

"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," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote.

John Bolton ‘Increasingly Likely’ to Get Subpoena From House Democrats .
Congressional Democrats are eyeing for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in their impeachment inquiry, The Daily Beast has learned. The possibility that they issue him a subpoena is “increasingly likely,” according to a source familiar with their thinking. Bolton was President Trump’s national security adviser from April 2018 until last month, when he unceremoniously left the White House. During his time there, events unfolded that precipitated Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, worked to shape Trump’s relationship with Volodymyr Zelensky, who became president of Ukraine in May 2019.

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