House Democrats subpoena White House for Ukraine documents

Source: The Hill | October 4, 2019 | Cristina Marcos

House Democrats have followed through on their threat to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents concerning President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

The chairmen of three House panels notified acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney of the subpoena in a letter on Friday. The subpoena is being issued by the chamber’s Oversight and Reform Committee.

The Democrats are seeking documents related to Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a top political rival and leading Democratic presidential contender.

Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) warned in a memo on Wednesday that he would issue the subpoena if the White House didn’t comply by the end of the week.

But Cummings and the other two committee chairmen leading the impeachment inquiry — Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) — said they had not received any response as of Friday evening.

“We deeply regret that President Trump has put us—and the nation—in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,” the chairmen wrote in a letter to Mulvaney.

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