Democrats threaten to subpoena White House for Ukraine call records

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Wednesday that he was on the July phone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukraine president that's at the center of the House impeachment inquiry.

"I was on the phone call", Pompeo told reporters in Rome Wednesday during a news conference with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio.

Democrats have scheduled closed-door depositions Thursday with former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and next week with ousted U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and three other State Department officials.

During the call, Trump asked Zelensky about former Vice President Joe Biden's lobbying to fire a prosecutor in Ukraine who was investigating his son, Hunter Biden, and his relationship with the oil company Burisma.

House Democrats have set up closed-door depositions from two former USA officials who represented the Trump administration in Ukraine.

The documents were obtained from the State Department's acting legal adviser, according to the email. And they warned, "He should immediately cease intimidating department witnesses in order to protect himself and the president".

Schiff said the intelligence community's Inspector General Michael Atkinson will testify privately before the House intelligence committee on Friday.

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Speaking of the probe and Democrats' bad faith, Schiff said Democrats "are deeply concerned about Secretary Pompeo's effort now to potentially interfere with witnesses whose testimony is needed before our committee".

Shortly after the tweets, Trump continued his attacks from the Oval Office as he welcomed the president of Finland, a partner in countering Russian Federation, to the White House. She said at the press conference she's going to run an "honorable" impeachment inquiry.

Trump suggested, however, that his objective was aimed at corruption in Ukraine, saying the United States gives the country a lot of money, and "I don't like giving money to a country that's that corrupt". Democrats have accused Trump of pressuring a vulnerable US ally to interfere in the 2020 USA election to harm a domestic political rival for Trump's personal political benefit. Zelenskiy agreed to Trump's request on the call. "It's been remarkably consistent, and we will continue to try to drive those set of outcomes", Pompeo told reporters. She knows that all legislation, and any ability for the White House to work with congressional Democrats, died the moment she opened an impeachment probe.

"No sir, I don't want to be rude", Mason said.

Offering a more "constructive" suggestion, one user noted that President Richard Nixon was able to avoid the disgrace of full-on impeachment by resigning his post. Marie Yovanovitch, who was USA ambassador to Ukraine until she was abruptly recalled in May, has agreed to appear on October 11. A trial on whether to remove Trump from office would then be held in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The call unfolded against the backdrop of a $250 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine that was being readied by Congress but stalled by the White House.

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