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Politics Melania Trump announces tennis pavilion during impeachment inquiry

04:05  09 october  2019
04:05  09 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

GOP lawmaker clarifies he doesn't back impeachment after voicing support for inquiry

  GOP lawmaker clarifies he doesn't back impeachment after voicing support for inquiry Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) is clarifying his statement on his support for an inquiry into President Trump, saying that while he supports the oversight process he does not currently back impeachment. Amodei expressed concern over Trump's call with Ukraine, telling reporters on a call Friday that the House should "put it through the process and see what happens," according to the audio of the call released by The Nevada Independent.

What impeachment inquiry?

On Tuesday first lady Melania Trump ignored the crescendo building on Capitol Hill and stuck to her own agenda, announcing the construction of a new tennis pavilion on the White House grounds. 

"It is my hope that this private space will function as a place to gather and spend leisure time for First Families," Trump said in a statement.

The new pavilion is being funded by private donations, the White House said, though no details about the construction's cost were available. 

House subpoenas Rudy Giuliani for Ukraine documents as part of impeachment inquiry

  House subpoenas Rudy Giuliani for Ukraine documents as part of impeachment inquiry Democrats are demanding he turn over Ukraine-related documents by Oct. 15"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," the letter from House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff, Oversight chair Elijah Cummings and Foreign Affairs chair Eliot Engel says.

In a tweet, the first lady shared a photo that showed her, wearing her trademark stiletto heels, breaking ground by the old White House tennis court.

It's been business as usual this week for Trump, as the Washington Post noted that the first lady seems "unfazed" by the growing impeachment inquiry aimed at her husband.

On Monday morning she visited the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of its Red Ribbon Week promoting a drug-free America. She gave a five-minute speech about her Be Best campaign and equated the dangers of the vaping epidemic to the opioid crisis.

Former Ukraine envoy Volker to testify in impeachment inquiry on Thursday

  Former Ukraine envoy Volker to testify in impeachment inquiry on Thursday Volker will be deposed before members of the House Intel, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees.Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was abruptly ousted from her post in May, will also sit for a joint deposition before the House Intel, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees on Oct. 11. Her deposition was originally scheduled for this Wednesday.

The president, meanwhile, told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders Tuesday that his administration will not cooperate with the House impeachment investigators because it considers their investigation to be unfair and illegitimate.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Melania Trump announces tennis pavilion during impeachment inquiry

House Oversight asks court to expedite subpoena order for Trump's finances .
The House Oversight Committee asked a federal appeals court to expedite the enforcement of a subpoena for President Trump's financial records, citing Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry. "The Committee is engaged in oversight activity to examine whether federal official-including the President-are making decisions in the country's best interest and not for their own financial gain," the committee's lawyers wrote in a motion filed Wednesday night.

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