A growing number of Democrats say the call was an abuse of Trump’s position and want to see him impeached. But the chances of the Republican president being removed from the office look slim since his party controls the Senate where an impeachment trial would be held, Reuters reports.
Democrat Adam Schiff, who chairs the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and is one of Trump’s biggest opponents, called for more people to come forward who have knowledge of the Ukraine case.
“I’m hoping that these witnesses will choose to cooperate, will volunteer. But I have to say I am deeply worried now that the president, on the eve of our hearing or during our hearing, was threatening these witnesses,” Schiff told CNN on Thursday.
Three U.S. House committees said they would issue subpoenas to the White House and State Department as soon as Friday if the Trump administration misses a deadline to send a wide range of documents related to its dealings with Ukraine.
The House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees launched an investigation into the matter early this month before news broke about the whistleblower complaint that helped lead Pelosi to announce the formal impeachment investigation.
In a letter on Sept. 9, the chairmen of three committees set a Sept. 26 deadline for the documents to be handed over and threatened to issue subpoenas if their request was not met.
Schiff set a Friday deadline for Attorney General William Barr to hand over a range of materials, including a legal opinion or analysis related to the whistleblower complaint and Justice Department communications and correspondent about the complaint.