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Politics House Democrats call five more Trump officials to testify in impeachment inquiry

23:42  17 october  2019
23:42  17 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Giuliani outlines conditions for possible cooperation on impeachment inquiry

  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.

WASHINGTON — House Democrats next week plan to hear from several more officials in the White House, Pentagon and State Department in their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, two congressional staffers told NBC News.

Philip T. Reeker wearing a suit and tie: Image: Philip Reeker addresses the media at a press conference with the prime minister of Kosovo on July 5, 2013.© Armend Nimani Image: Philip Reeker addresses the media at a press conference with the prime minister of Kosovo on July 5, 2013.

The move underscores the brisk pace of the inquiry as lawmakers focus on other officials who could have insight into allegations the administration was approaching Ukraine and its newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The House committees conducting the inquiry have followed up requests to testify with subpoenas in several cases where civil servants faced orders from political leaders at the State Department not to cooperate. The diplomats then agreed to testify, despite objections from the White House and the State Department.

Democrats request testimony from Trump's former Russia adviser

  Democrats request testimony from Trump's former Russia adviser The House Democrats are requesting testimony from President Trump's former Russia adviser.Democratic committee chairmen Adam Schiff (Calif.), Eliot Engel (N.Y.) and Elijah Cummings (Md.) sent a letter to Fiona Hill asking her to testify on Oct. 14. She would testify in front of the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees, a letter released by Axios said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The officials requested to testify before House committees include:

Philip Reeker, acting assistant secretary of European and Eurasian affairs at the State Department, who is scheduled to appear on Oct. 23. George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state under Reeker, had dismissed right-wing media allegations against the then-ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, as baseless and took his concerns to Reeker, according to documents received by the State Department's Inspector General.

Suriya Jayanti, a foreign service officer at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, is scheduled to testify on Oct. 25. In her job, Jayanti focused on Ukraine's energy sector and the country's state-owned Naftogaz company. She likely will be asked about efforts by associates of the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, or others in the administration to change the leadership of Naftogaz.

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.

a group of people looking at the camera: Image: Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on March 7, 2019.© Susan Walsh Image: Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on March 7, 2019.

Kathryn Wheelbarger, acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, has also been called to testify next week. House lawmakers are interested in how and when the Pentagon learned about a White House decision to hold up the release of military assistance funds for Ukraine, and what the rationale for the delay was. Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense covering Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia and the Western Balkans, who would have overseen security assistance funding for Ukraine, is due to testify on Friday.

Alexander Vindman, director of European affairs at the National Security Council, is due to appear on Oct. 24. According to testimony from Fiona Hill, a former Russia adviser at the NSC, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani oversaw a "shadow foreign policy" on Ukraine for the president's personal political gain while shutting out the national security council staff and career diplomats.

Timothy Morrison, who succeeded Hill at the NSC, is due to appear on Oct. 25. Lawmakers likely will want to hear what transpired on Ukraine after Hill stepped down from her post, and how the "shadow" foreign policy effort continued.

Pentagon told witness not to testify in impeachment inquiry .
A Defense Department official who testified in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump did so in defiance of the Pentagon, which told her not to cooperate. A letter to Laura Cooper's attorney obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday cites an administration-wide policy against participating in the impeachment probe. The directive underscores Trump administration efforts to discourage or prevent some executive branch employees from cooperating with House Democrats, who are investigating Trump's prodding of his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden.

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