Charles Kopperman, the former deputy national security adviser to President Donald Trump, filed a lawsuit Friday asking a federal judge to determine whether he was required to testify in an impeachment investigation conducted by the House of Representatives.
The result may affect the ability of other witnesses, who worked closely with the President, to co-operate in the ongoing investigation. The case was first reported by The New York Times earlier on Friday.
Kupperman is scheduled to testify on Monday. The planned interview will bring the investigation closer to the orbit of John Bolton, a former Trump national security adviser.
House Democrats are conducting an impeachment investigation that focuses on alleged pressure on the President of Ukraine to announce investigations into what is known as conspiracy theory. in the 201
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Critics say this represents an abuse of power by the president for personal political gain.
tells Kuperman in a court case that he was told by White House attorneys not to appear on Monday.
The lawsuit states that the White House lawyer advised Cupperman's lawyer that "in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President today and in the future, and in response to your request, the President directs Mr. Kupperman not to appeared at the committee's scheduled hearing on Monday, October 28, 2019. "
Kuperman says in the case that he is not sure whether the summoned and persecuted by the Chamber obliges him to appear and that he is" bound by his oath to abide by the lawful ones. constitutional commands of both the President and the House of Commons tabs. "
"It is not possible for the plaintiff to satisfy the commands of both the defenders of the House on the one hand and of President Trump on the other," the case said.
Earlier on Friday, a federal judge ruled that the impeachment investigation was valid, despite the arguments of the president and his allies that a full-fledged
initiation of an impeachment investigation, "writes Judge Beryl Howell, Chief Judge of Washington, DC District Court.
The White House Law Firm declined to co-operate in the investigation, arguing that it was illegitimate because the Chamber did not hold a formal vote to announce it.
Howell, in Friday's ruling, also ordered Depp Right to Justice to submit material to the grand hearing, cited in edited sections of Special Report Robert Mueller's report to the House Judiciary Committee. The Ministry of Justice is expected to appeal.