The chairs of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees announced Tuesday that they intend to subpoena U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, who was blocked by the Trump administration from testifying in their Ukraine investigation. The chairs said in a statement that the State Department’s decision to stop Sondland from testifying will be considered evidence of obstruction in their impeachment inquiry.
“These actions appear to be part of the White House’s effort to obstruct the impeachment inquiry and to cover up President Trump’s misconduct from Congress and the American people. Ambassador Sondland’s testimony and documents are vital, and that is precisely why the Administration is now blocking his testimony and withholding his documents.” — Chairmen Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings.
NEW: Dems will be issuing a subpoena for Sondland testimony/docs.
State Dept left Sondland’s attorneys a voicemail at 12:30 a.m. informing them that testimony would be blocked. Sondland also recovered relevant texts on his personal device, but turned them over to State, Dems say. pic.twitter.com/wOrnrjJstI
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 8, 2019
JUST IN: House cmtes. say they will be “issuing subpoena to Ambassador Sondland for both his testimony and documents” after the US State Dept. blocked his congressional testimony today, and “we consider this interference to be obstruction of the impeachment inquiry.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 8, 2019
Hasn’t Adam Schiff been fully discredited by now? Do we have to continue listening to his lies?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2019