US State Dept prevents ambassador testimonial over Trump probe – Congress

WASHINGTON, The US State Department has rejected the Ambassador to the European Union from testifying at Congress on an investigation into allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to probe his elections rival, the investigative committee said on Tuesday.

Ambassador Gordon Sondland is said to have provided the State Department with “text messages or emails,” which might provide insight into the affair, the Congressional committee head said.

But, Adam Schiff said that the State Department is withholding this evidence.

“The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress.

“The American people have a right to know if President Trump is working for their interests or in his own political interests,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s lawyer said he was “profoundly disappointed” at the decision.

Commenting on the matter, Trump said, if allowed, the ambassador “would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency