Democrats to seek White House records as impeachment probe heats up

Democrats intensified their impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump
21:17, 2 October 2019

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said he intends to subpoena the White House for Ukraine-related records on Friday, the latest demand for evidence from an administration that has repeatedly resisted such efforts by Democrats, Reuters reports.

Cummings, in a memo to the committee explaining the move, accused Trump’s administration of “flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents.”

Adam Schiff said that Democrats were deeply concerned about the Trump administration’s potential interference with witnesses, saying any such efforts by the president, Pompeo or others would be considered obstruction of justice.

Related: American support for impeaching Trump rises to 45% amid Ukraine matter

Trump made his request to Zelensky shortly after he had frozen nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine. Zelensky agreed to the request on the call, and the aid was later provided. Democrats have accused Trump of pressuring a vulnerable U.S. ally to meddle in the 2020 election for his own political benefit.

“It’s hard to imagine a more corrupt course of conduct,” Schiff said.

Trump, running for re-election, has denied wrongdoing and described the impeachment probe as a politically motivated Democratic attempt to oust him.

As we reported earlier, the House of Representatives launched its impeachment inquiry, which threatened Trump’s presidency, following a complaint brought by a whistleblower within the U.S. intelligence community over Trump’s request to Zelensky.

Related: Trump has disqualified himself from running in 2020

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