BREAKING: House subpoenas Sondland, compelling him to testify, produce documents

OCTOBER 8, 2019

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House Democrats issued a subpoena Tuesday evening for Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, to testify and produce documents in their impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The subpoena, which mandates that Sondland appear before Congress for a deposition on Oct. 16 and provide documents by Oct. 14, comes after the State Department barred his testimony.

The article goes on to state the following:

“In light of Secretary Pompeo’s direct intervention to block your appearance before our Committees, we are left with no choice but to compel your appearance at a deposition pursuant to the enclosed subpoena,” Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairs of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees, respectively, wrote in a letter to Sondland.

“The ambassador, a Republican donor and former hotel executive, was expected to be questioned on the role that he and other officials played in crafting a statement in August in which Ukraine would commit to opening a corruption investigation involving Mr. Biden in exchange for a White House meeting between Mr. Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D – Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said barring Sondland from testifying and producing documents is “additional, strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress.”

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