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Politics Democrats launch new impeachment offensive after White House refuses to cooperate

02:50  11 october  2019
02:50  11 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Trump refusal to cooperate sets up bitter impeachment fight with Congress. Donald Trump pushed the United States towards a constitutional crisis on Tuesday when his legal counsel said the White House would refuse to cooperate with Congress’s impeachment inquiry.

The White House said Tuesday that it will not cooperate with House Democrats ’ impeachment inquiry, ratcheting up tensions between the legislative and executive branches amid an outcry from Democrats that the Trump administration is stonewalling their investigations.

WASHINGTON — To circumvent White House efforts to impede the House impeachment inquiry, Democrats have launched a fresh offensive to bury the White House with numerous subpoenas and interview requests.

Democrats on Thursday issued a subpoena to Energy Secretary Rick Perry to produce documents related to President Donald Trump and the Ukraine. Perry led the U.S. delegation in May to the inauguration of Ukraine's president whose phone conversation with Trump is at the center of the House impeachment inquiry.

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The White House refused to hand over documents being sought by House Democrats as the Trump administration ramps up efforts to block their impeachment inquiry. President Trump said last week he would let his lawyers decide whether to he would cooperate with the congressional investigation.

The White House is pushing back against the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump by refusing to cooperate with lawmakers’ demands for documents and interviews You will be held accountable.” The White House ’s refusal to cooperate at all is almost sure to wind up in court.

The lawmakers also issued a subpoena for testimony and documents to two associates of Giuliani who helped him in Ukraine, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. They were requested to appear for depositions Thursday and Friday before Congress, but they were arrested Wednesday night and face charges tied to campaign finance violations.

Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., formally announced the impeachment inquiry last month, Democrats have so far issued eight subpoenas and requested documents from Vice President Mike Pence.

Others who have been subpoenaed include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani; White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney; Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Russell Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget; and U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.

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  Giuliani outlines conditions for possible cooperation on impeachment inquiry President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday outlined his potential conditions for cooperating with House Democrats in their impeachment inquiry into Trump.Giuliani said in an interview with Hill.TV that he may try to invoke attorney-client privilege if the House moves forward on impeachment."I would sit down with my client and with the other lawyers and we'd discuss attorney-client privilege," Giuliani said on Hill.TV'sGiuliani said in an interview with Hill.TV that he may try to invoke attorney-client privilege if the House moves forward on impeachment.

The White House said on Tuesday it would refuse to cooperate with a ''baseless, unconstitutional'' congressional impeachment inquiry, setting Republican President Donald Trump on a collision course with the Democratic -led U.S. House of Representatives.

The White House on Tuesday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying it will not cooperate with House Democrats ' impeachment inquiry, calling it The House will subpoena U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland after the State Department blocked his voluntary testimony

A number of these officials had failed to comply with previous requests from Congress to either appear for testimony before lawmakers or share relevant documents and communications.

In an attempt to further block Democrats from seeking information, the White House said Tuesday that it would not turn over internal documents about Ukraine, arguing that they won’t comply with what they consider to be an invalid investigation.

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff at a news conference on Capitol Hill on March 30, 2017.© Andrew Harrer House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff at a news conference on Capitol Hill on March 30, 2017. Democrats plan, as a result of the White House’s stonewalling, to deploy a new strategy by requesting interviews with former administration officials whom they believe have pertinent information. Some of the requests will not be announced publicly, the sources said.

Committee chairmen plan to target these former officials because the administration has already tried to silence people who still work under it. Sondland, for example, did not show up for the deposition that was scheduled Tuesday for him to deliver closed-door testimony after the State Department directed him not to speak to Congress.

Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify

  Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) revealed in a new interview that House Democrats have discussed jailing allies of the president who do not comply with congressional subpoenas, an escalation of the House's efforts to force White House compliance with an impeachment inquiry. © Greg Nash Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify Tlaib told Deadline Detroit that such an action, known as inherent contempt, would be "uncharted territory" for Congress but added that "serious discussions" about taking the step have occurred within the Democratic caucus.

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Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is scheduled to testify behind closed doors for her deposition Friday, but because she still works for the State Department, it's possible she may not show up either. Two congressional sources involved with the impeachment inquiry told NBC News that, as of now, they are still expecting Yovanovitch to appear for her deposition before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Following Sondland’s absence, Democrats sent him a subpoena that ordered him to appear for a deposition Oct. 16.

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Oct. 2, 2019.© Tom Brenner House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Oct. 2, 2019. Democrats believe that former administration officials, however, who are now private citizens, would not fall under the White House claims of executive privilege. Kurt Volker, who recently resigned as U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, testified before Congress last week, several days after he left the administration.

On Monday, Trump’s former Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, volunteered to meet in a closed-door session with several congressional committees. A letter addressed to Hill, obtained by NBC, requested that she turn over several documents that date back to January 2017.

Congress returns next week from a two-week recess and Democrats are expected to speed up their investigation that could lead them to filing articles of impeachment against the president. Two sources told NBC News that Pelosi will hold another caucuswide conference call Friday afternoon so rank and file members can receive an update about the impeachment inquiry.

New poll finds more than half support impeaching Trump and removing him from office .
More than half of US voters want President Donald Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a Fox News Poll out on Wednesday. © Evan Vucci/AP President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on "transparency in Federal guidance and enforcement" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, October 9. The poll marks the fourth in two days that showed public opinion is shifting on the impeachment inquiry.

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