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Politics Rick Perry, top Trump administration aides scheduled to testify in impeachment inquiry

12:55  06 november  2019
12:55  06 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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All four witnesses called by House impeachment inquiry to testify on Monday have refused to Two of the witnesses are lawyers for the National Security Council, and two others are top White The fourth witness set to testify Monday was McCormack, a former aide to Energy Secretary Rick Perry .

And two more administration witnesses who had been scheduled to testify on Tuesday — Michael Duffey, a top official in the White House budget office, and Wells Griffith, a senior aide to Energy Mr. Sondland originally testified that Mr. Trump had essentially delegated American foreign policy on

WASHINGTON – The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight Committees have called a slate of high-ranking Trump administration officials for closed-door interviews Wednesday in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought, State Department counselor Ulrich Brechbuhl and Undersecretary of State for political affairs David Hale are scheduled to appear Wednesday.

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More impeachment testimony is scheduled for later this week, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry , acting Office of Management and Budget Director Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was the first active White House official to testify in the case last week. The House last Thursday approved a resolution

But their attendance at the interviews is in flux after officials from each of those departments previously said they wouldn't cooperate with the investigation.

"The Secretary will not partake in a secret star chamber inquisition where agency counsel is forbidden to be present," a Department of Energy spokesperson told USA TODAY last week, but added that Perry would consider testifying in a public hearing.

Rick Perry wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during a joint press conference in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on December 11, 2018.© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during a joint press conference in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on December 11, 2018.

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Several witnesses who have already testified in the impeachment inquiry told lawmakers that they consulted Eisenberg about the phone conversation. McCormack is the former chief of staff to Energy Secretary Rick Perry , who was subpoenaed to testify in the inquiry , but isn’t expected to appear

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The hearing comes a day after documents from the testimonies of Ambassadors Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland were released, revealing further details about the withholding of military aid to Ukraine and the pressure campaign on Ukraine's government.

Trump is accused of withholding military aid to Ukraine unless the country committed to investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and the 2016 election. An anonymous whistleblower complaint about a July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky in which Trump brought up military aid while urging an investigation into the Bidens sparked the impeachment investigation.

Perry led the American delegation to Ukraine for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's inauguration, after Trump had Vice President Mike Pence cancel, according to the whistleblower complaint.

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witness has appeared to testify in the impeachment inquiry . and Brian McCormack, the former chief of staff to Rick Perry , the energy secretary, were all expected to skip scheduled Additional witnesses scheduled to testify this week were likely to follow suit, either out of loyalty to Mr. Trump or An administration official indicated on Monday that neither he, nor other White House budget

And according to the opening statement of Christopher Anderson, a State Department official, Perry hosted a June 18 meeting on Ukraine policy at the Energy Department where there was discussion of how to address Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani's "continued calls for a corruption investigation."

Vought has previously tweeted that he would not participate. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already missed document deadlines, said the Department would not comply with the subpoena, and accused House Democrats of harassing department workers by requesting their testimony. Some State Department officials, however, came to testify anyway.

House Democrats subpoenaed Perry in October, but he refused to comply. He has announced his resignation and plans to leave by the end of this year.

Democrats seek Vought's testimony as the head of the White House office allegedly involved in the withholding of security assistance to Ukraine.

Contributing: Bart Jansen, Savannah Behrmann, Christal Hayes

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rick Perry, top Trump administration aides scheduled to testify in impeachment inquiry

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