House Threatens to Subpoena White House for Ukraine Records – The New York Times

Mr. Trump, continuing to fume over the investigation, wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning that Mr. Schiff should “resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine!” He was referring to remarks by Mr. Schiff during a congressional hearing last week in which Mr. Schiff paraphrased the president’s call with Mr. Zelensky in a way that dramatized the exchange.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became one of the first Trump administration officials to throw himself on the gears of the churning House investigation, writing in a letter to Democratic chairmen that their demands for confidential interviews with diplomats with knowledge of the case was “an act of intimidation” and would not be immediately met.

But instead of bringing it to a halt, Mr. Pompeo’s actions seem only to have fueled the case. The Democrats said any attempt to block witnesses from speaking to Congress would be construed by them as witness intimidation. And at least two of the diplomats Mr. Pompeo objected to speaking had indicated to the House that they would appear for private depositions anyway.

Late Tuesday, the chairmen wrote to Mr. Pompeo’s deputy saying the secretary had an “obvious conflict of interest” in light of news reports that he listened in on the July phone call.

“Given the secretary’s own potential role, and reports of other State Department officials being involved in or knowledgeable of the events under investigation,” they wrote, “the committee may infer that he is trying to cover up illicit activity and misconduct, including by the president.”

On Wednesday, in Rome, Mr. Pompeo confirmed for the first time that he had been listening in on the call.

“I was on the phone call,” he said at a news conference in the Italian capital.


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