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Politics House withdraws subpoena for former National Security Council deputy Charles Kupperman

00:40  07 november  2019
00:40  07 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Former national security official will not testify before Congress

  Former national security official will not testify before Congress Charles Kupperman faced both a congressional subpoena to appear and an order from the White House not to appear for a closed-door deposition MondayKupperman, who was subpoenaed by committees, has also been told by the White House that he could not appear before the committees. Torn between the legislative and executive branch directives, Kupperman filed a lawsuit last week in the U.S.

House Democrats on Wednesday withdrew a subpoena for former White House Deputy National Security Adviser Charles Kupperman , less than two “Therefore, this matter is moot and should be dismissed.” Kupperman served as a deputy to Bolton, and the National Security Council ’s current

President Donald Trump's former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman defied a congressional subpoena Monday, failing to appear for a closed-door deposition before House impeachment investigators and throwing a new hurdle into Democrats' plans to quickly gather

House Democrats on Wednesday withdrew a subpoena for former White House Deputy National Security Adviser Charles Kupperman, less than two weeks after Kupperman asked a federal court whether he should comply with the order.

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Kupperman, who left the administration when National Security Adviser John Bolton exited in September, was slated to appear before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees last month as part of their impeachment investigation and the Trump-Ukraine controversy.

Filing last month with U.S. District Court in Washington, Kupperman said he “cannot satisfy the competing demands of both the legislative and executive branches.” He said without the court’s help, he would have to make the decision himself, acknowledging that it could “inflict grave constitutional injury” on either Congress or the presidency.

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A judge had scheduled a hearing for the matter in December, but that will now likely be canceled.

“The subpoena at issue in this matter has been withdrawn and there is no current intention to reissue it,” the court filing stated. “Therefore, this matter is moot and should be dismissed.”

Kupperman served as a deputy to Bolton, and the National Security Council’s current Russia and Europe director, Tim Morrison.

The subpoena withdrawal comes as the House announced plans to hold public hearings next week as part of the impeachment probe. Three State Department officials will testify in hearings Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. Schiff is leading the probe.

Schiff tweeted that top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor, career department official George Kent and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify. Yovanovitch was ousted in May at Trump's direction.

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Current National Security Council adviser Lt. Alexander Vindman and former National Security Council aide Tim Morrison did comply with congressional requests last week Blair's position is similar to that of former deputy national security adviser Dr. Charles Kupperman . That case is slated for oral arguments in December. Cooper is also representing Kupperman 's former boss -- ex- national

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All three have previously testified behind closed doors.

The Democrats are investigating Trump's dealings with Ukraine and his requests for politically motivated investigations while the U.S. was holding on to several hundred million dollars in military aid for the Ukrainians.

Democrats on Wednesday also released hundreds of pages of testimony from Taylor’s time on Capitol Hill.

Taylor told impeachment investigators he understood that the security assistance, and not just a White House meeting for Ukraine's new president, was conditioned on the country committing to investigations of Trump rival Joe Biden and Democrats' actions in the 2016 election.

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"That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the president committed to pursue the investigation," Taylor said.

He was asked if he was aware that "quid pro quo" meant "this for that."

"I am," he replied.

The testimony from Taylor further connects the Trump administration to a quid-pro-quo arrangement involving Ukraine that is now at the heart of the House impeachment inquiry.

Fox News’ William Mears, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony .
President Trump on Thursday moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an aide to former national security adviser John Bolton seeking a ruling on whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify in the House impeachment inquiry.The filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., cited Trump's official capacity as president. In it, he sought to have a judge dismiss White House official Dr. Charles Kupperman lawsuit seeking guidance on whether he should comply with the subpoena or the president's directive not to comply.An attorney for Trump argued that the president's direction should overrule any prospective court ruling.

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