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Politics Judge fast-tracks case over former White House official's refusal to testify in impeachment inquiry

23:50  31 october  2019
23:50  31 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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A federal judge on Thursday fast - tracked a case involving a key impeachment witness caught between House Democrats seeking to compel his testimony and a White House order to defy a congressional subpoena.

House official ' s refusal to testify in impeachment inquiryA federal judge on Thursday fast - tracked a case involving a key impeachment Kupperman was on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry .

A federal judge on Thursday fast-tracked a case involving a key impeachment witness caught between House Democrats seeking to compel his testimony and a White House order to defy a congressional subpoena.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Judge fast-tracks case over former White House official's refusal to testify in impeachment inquiry © UPI Photo Judge fast-tracks case over former White House official's refusal to testify in impeachment inquiry

Judge Richard Leon, a George W. Bush appointee to the federal district court in D.C., called the legal dispute over the testimony of Charles Kupperman, a former deputy to former national security adviser John Bolton, a "matter of great public interest and a matter of great urgency for the country."

Kupperman was on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

The judge set a Dec. 10 date for oral arguments.

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