US envoy to be subpoenaed over Trump impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON, Heads of three US House committees said Tuesday they will subpoena US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland for documents relating to the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The State Department has recently interfered into the inquiry and prevented Ambassador Sondland from testifying to a House committee.

“We consider this interference to be obstruction of the impeachment inquiry,” said a joint statement by heads of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – Eliot Engel, Intelligence Committee – Adam Schiff, and Oversight and Reform Committee – Elijah Cummings.

“We will be issuing subpoena to Ambassador Sondland for both his testimony and documents,” according to the statement.

“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.

“The House of Representatives is engaged in an impeachment inquiry to determine whether the President violated his oath of office and endangered our national security by pressing Ukraine to launch sham investigations to assist his personal and political interests rather than the interests of the American people.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham a Republican Senator from South Carolina said he would ask Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the Congressional scrutiny.

“I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns,” Graham wrote on his Twitter account, adding, “I’m tired of only hearing one side of the story.” An opinion poll, carried by Washington Post today, showed that nearly 58 percent of those surveyed approve the House move to impeach Trump.

Thirty-eight are opposed the move and four percent are undecided, according to the results of the poll.

Source: Kuwait News Agency