Congress threatens to subpoena White House on Ukraine’s probe

WASHINGTON, Three committees of the Congress on Wednesday threatened that they would compel the White House to offer documents pertaining to current investigations against US President Donald Trump.

Trump is accused of practicing pressures on Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to open probe into transactions of the son of the 2020 US presidential candidate Joe Biden that has dealings in Ukraine. This was revealed during a conversation call between Trump and Zelensky.

In a joint statement, the three committees said they want documents as part of the House of Representative’s investigations on ousting Trump.

“Over the past several weeks, the committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with-or even respond to-the committees,” the statement read.

The White House’s flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents-combined with stark and urgent warnings from the Inspector General about the gravity of these allegations-have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena, it added.

The committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with the 2020 election and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters.

Meanwhile, Trump said “All of this impeachment nonsense, which is going nowhere.” Also, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “I was on the phone call”, referring to the call conducted between Trump and Zelensky.

Pompeo rejected on Tuesday a request by the Congress to allow former and current officials at the ministry to give testimonies in this probe.

Source: Kuwait News Agency