Key facts and recent news
- White House says it will not cooperate with House impeachment investigation, rejecting requests for documents and witnesses testimony.
- In the direction of the State Department, the US ambassador to the EU did not appear to testify before the members of the House. President Trump has said he "would love" to send Gordon Sundland to testify, but not before what he called "a completely compromised kangaroo court."
- In a July call between Mr Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Mr. Trump has called on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. Prior to the call, the president instructed acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvani to refuse to release military aid to Ukraine that had been appropriated by Congress.
- Shortly after the call in July, White House officials moved the call record to a highly classified computer system that severely restricted access to it.
"You have designed and carried out your investigation in a manner that violates fundamental justice and constitutionally mandated due process," White House lawyer Pat Cipolon wrote in an eight-page letter to Chairman Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of the commissions leading the investigation.
Cipollone claims that the investigation was "invalid" as there was no formal vote to open an impeachment investigation. He said the investigation clearly seeks "to influence the elections by 2020" and has no "legitimate basis". The letter also condemned Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the president's frequent goal.
Also Tuesday, US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sundland, who was to be questioned by the House committees as part of the impeachment inquiry, was ordered not to report for his deposition with the State Department, according to his lawyer's statement . Sundland was mentioned in the initial complaint and is a key witness of the Trump-Ukraine deal.
The Democrats issued a subpoena later on Tuesday, demanding documents from Sundland and setting a date for his deposit.
Trump pulls out the signal probe. Schiff Should Be "Impressed"
7:30 AM President Trump took to Twitter to instigate an ongoing probe in his conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. He suggested that reporters have ties to a Democratic opponent and that his lawyer is also a "great Democrat."
Mr. Trump later said that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff should be "impeached", despite the fact that sitting members of Congress do not go through the impeachment process.
Members of Congress may be removed from office and may be disciplined in other ways, such as exclusion from the House of Representatives.
Pelosi blasts "unlawful" obstruction of White House impeachment investigation
6:30 In response to a White House letter saying they would not comply with the impeachment charge against Speaker of Parliament Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi says the White House is now trying to "normalize lawlessness".
A letter from the White House lawyer to Pelosi and the three House committee chairmen leading the impeachment investigation informs Democrats that the White House will not cooperate with the investigation until it is formalized with a floor.
Pelosi called the letter from the lawyer of the White House is "clearly wrong" and "illegal".
In her reply, she warned that continuing efforts to "hide the truth" would be considered "additional evidence of obstruction"
"Mr President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable, "Pelosi writes.
Giuliani suggests he would like to testify before Congress
6:15 a.m. During his latest appeal to Fox News, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani talks to Fox host Laura Ingramham, where he accused Democrats of having a double standard because they are launching an impeachment investigation against President Trump.
In a White House letter to Nancy Pelosi, Giuliani said the letter emphasized why due process is required to continue the impeachment; train Democrats' efforts are "unconstitutional" and keep America "bitter and divided."
While he denies the legitimacy of the offender's report, Julian will not confirm whether he will testify in the Senate following an invitation by Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham. that although he would like to testify and discuss Biden's alleged corruption, he must weigh that decision with the president.
This comes only a day after Julianne has suggested just the opposite – he tells The Washington Post that " can't imagine "another and administration officials assisting with the investigation.
"I would not testify before this committee until Congress was voted on and removed," said Giuliani, referring to the reputation of Adam Schiff, chairman of the committee.
Democrats call on Sundland for documents and testimony
The White House says it will not cooperate with the impeachment investigation
Tuesday, 5:06 PM: White House lawyer Pat Cipollone has sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and three House committee chairs saying that the White House will not cooperate in the investigation of impeachment of the House because the investigation "violates basic justice and constitutionally mandated due process."
Cipollone accused Democrats of having prepared an investigation to "repeal the 2016 election results and deprive the American people of the president they elected." free. "
" Your high par izanskite and unconstitutional efforts threaten serious and lasting damage to our democratic institutions, our system of free elections and the American people, "says Cipollone.
Cipollone claims that the investigation was "invalid" because there was no formal vote to open an impeachment investigation. He also wrote that the investigation clearly seeks to "influence the elections by 2020" and has no "legitimate grounds".
"We hope that in the light of the many shortcomings we have identified in your production, you will abandon your current invalid efforts to continue the impeachment investigation and join the President, focusing on many important goals that matter to the US people, "Cipollone finished. – Grace Sagers
Giuliani says he will not cooperate with House as Graham asks him to testify in the Senate
on Tuesday 5:02 PM: The President's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, seems to be goth in refusing a call from the House Intelligence Committee for the filing of documents until October 15. Giuliani told the Washington Post that he "could not imagine" other administration officials assisting the investigation.
"It will not I testify before this committee until a Congressional vote is taken and it is removed, "said Giuliani, referring to Schiff's chairman.
Giuliani's comments come after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham invited him to testify before the committee about his accusations of Bidens in Ukraine.
"I've listened to @ RudyGiuni's repeatedly embarrassing allegations of corruption in Ukraine and the numerous irregularities surrounding the dismissal of former Attorney General Viktor Shokin," Graham writes on Twitter referring to your unsubstantiated, unjustified, unjustified. Biden insists on Shockin's removal because Shockin is investigating a company affiliated with Biden's son, Hunter Biden.
"The House of Representatives' behavior, it's time for the Senate to look into corruption and other irregularities surrounding Ukraine. … That is why I will offer Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns, "Graham said.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Giuliani said he was" very interested in accepting Graham's proposal. "Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also expressed interest in Giuliani's potential testimony, with a warning that Giuliani would have to swear an oath. – Grace Sagers
Trey Goody is under consideration to join Beyond Trump Law Team
Tuesday, 4:26 pm: Discussion of former Republican Congressman Trey Goody is to join Mr Trump's foreign law team, which seeks to expand in the background of the impeachment investigation.
Gowdy, a state and former federal government prosecutor, is seen as a potentially valuable television and legal spokesman for the president.Gowdy was chairman of the House Oversight Committee until earlier this year and did not seek a red lecture in 2018. – Major Garrett
House says impeachment investigation extends beyond Ukraine
Tuesday, 2:48 PM: A lawyer for the House told a federal judge that Democrats "impeachment investigation extends beyond dispute with Ukraine and includes a potential obstruction of justice by pr the Yazident.
For two hours in the United States District Court in Washington, government attorneys of opposing parties in an effort to obtain secret court hearings for a large court hearing illustrated the evolving nature of the impeachment chamber's investigation.
Douglas Peter, the Chamber's lawyer, called on the judge to give the Chamber's Judiciary Committee access to the currently edited materials in the special counsel's report, in particular the major jury materials collected during the Mueller investigation and FBI documents. Elizabeth Shapiro, a lawyer with the Department of Justice, opposed the release of the grand jury and claimed that some FBI documents contained confidential communications between White House advisers and should remain edited. Ukraine, citing the fact that the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees have already opened informal impeachment surveys before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launches a formal inquiry.
"[An] the impeachment investigation is already ongoing," Chief Justice Beryl Howell said in the letter. – Claire Hems
Senate Intelligence Committee Published Report on Russian Use of Social Media
Tuesday, 13:45: The Senate Intelligence Committee released the second volume of its bilateral report on the intervention of Russia in the 2016 election, which details the use of Russian social media to divide the divisions among the American public.
Among its findings:
- The Internet research agency, a Russian-backed misinformation group, "sought to influence the 2016 US presidential election by damaging Hillary Clinton's chances of success and supporting Donald Trump. The Kremlin. "
- " Russia's targeting of the 2016 US presidential election was part of a broader, more complex and ongoing information war campaign aimed at sowing discord in American politics and society. "
- " The IRA targeted not only Hillary Clinton, but also Republican candidates during the presidential primaries. For example, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were targeted and defiled, as was Jeb Bush.
- "No group of Americans has been targeted by IRA information operators more than African-Americans. So far, race and related problems have been the preferred target of the information warfare campaign intended to divide the country in 2016. "
Read the full report here.