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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

Pentagon told witness not to testify in impeachment inquiry

  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.

The refusal of a key White House official to testify Monday in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry raises new questions about the pace and effectiveness of the investigation into allegations of wrongdoing swirling around President Trump.

Resolution outlining impeachment procedures specifically calls out the Trump administration for According to NBC, officials have also expressed concerns that the revealed classified information Afternoon summary. Despite Charles Kupperman’ s refusal to testify in 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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