Published: Wed, October 09, 2019

Trump Administration Says It Won't Comply With Impeachment Inquiry

Her comments came hours after Team Trump barred US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland from appearing before the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees.

House Democrats are waiting to see if the Trump administration will block the former US ambassador to Ukraine from speaking to their investigators.

"These partisan proceedings are an affront to the Constitution-as they are being held behind closed doors, and deny the President the right to call witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses, to have access to evidence, and many other basic rights".

Cipollone says the probe is invalid because the House has not voted to authorize the launch of an impeachment inquiry.

"The Whistleblower's facts have been so incorrect about my "no pressure" conversation with the Ukrainian President, and now the conflict of interest and involvement with a Democrat Candidate, that he or she should be exposed and questioned properly", Trump wrote.

The White House accused Democrats of using impeachment as a tool to not only "undo the democratic results" of the previous election, but to "influence" the upcoming contest as well, citing the words of Congressman Al Green (D-Texas), who in May expressed concerns that "if we don't impeach the President, he will get reelected". You have violated civil liberties and the separation of powers by threatening Executive Branch officials, claiming that you will seek to punish those who exercise fundamental constitutional rights and prerogatives. Sondland was an intermediary as Trump appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family. They are also demanding that he produce documents, including communications from his personal device that have been turned over to the State Department but not to Congress. The president is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign.

Three House committees are demanding that Sondland appear at a deposition October 16. And the upcoming reports from the DOJ Inspector General and U.S. Attorney John Durham may be devastating for Democratic politicians and activists, putting the Democrats' desperate attacks on the president in a quite different light. In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his Administration can not participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances. Sondland had previously said on Ukrainian television that Trump had given him a "special assignment" to oversee relations between the two countries, the New York Times reported.

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