Key Facts and Latest News
- The White House says it will not cooperate with the house's impeachment investigation and has demands for documents and testimonies back.
- the direction of the State Department, the US ambassador to the EU did not appear to witness before the legislature of the House. President Trump said he "loved" sending Gordon Sondland to bear witness, but not what he described as a "completely compromised kangaroo court."
- At a July call between Mr. Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mr. Trump urged Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. Prior to the call, the president instructed incumbent Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to withhold release of Congress-sanctioned military aid to Ukraine.
- Shortly after the call in July, White House officials posted a record of calling for a high-level classified computer system that severely limits access.
"You have drafted and conducted your investigation in a manner that violates the fundamental fairness and constitutional procedures," wrote Pat Cipollone, White House lawyer, in an eight-page letter to spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and chairmen of the White House Committees that conduct the investigation.
Cipollone argued that the investigation was "invalid" as there was no formal vote to initiate an impeachment trial. He said the investigation clearly aimed "to influence the election of 2020" and had "no legitimate basis". The letter also condemned Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and a frequent target of the president.
Also on Tuesday was US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who was to be interviewed as part of House Committees. The impeachment investigation was ordered, according to a statement by his lawyer, not to appear for his deposition by the State Department. Sondland was mentioned in the original whistleblower complaint and is an important witness to the Trump-Ukraine deal.
The Democrats issued a summons on Tuesday requesting documents from Sondland and setting a date for his deposit Ship should be "charged"
7:30 pm President Trump took Twitter to court ongoing complaint of his call to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to complain. He suggested that the whistleblower had ties to a democratic opponent and his lawyer was also a "great democrat".
Mr. Trump later demanded that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, be "charged" even though the seated members of Congress did not go to trial.
Congress members may be removed from office and otherwise disciplined, for example by expulsion from the House of Representatives.
Pelosi Beating the "Illegal" Cancellation of the White House Detention
6:30 pm In response to a letter from the White House stating that they would not hear the impeachment charges of Speaker Nancy Pelosi comply, says Pelosi The White House is now trying to "normalize lawlessness".
The White House lawyer's letter to Pelosi and the three chairmen of the parliament conducting the impeachment investigation told the Democrats that the White House would not cooperate with the investigation until it was formally formalized. Vote.
Pelosi called the White House Lawyer's letter "obviously wrong" and "unlawful".
In her response, she warned that continued efforts to "hide the truth" are seen as "further evidence of disability." "
" Mr President, you are not above the law. They are being held accountable, "wrote Pelosi.
Giuliani proposes to testify before the congress.
6:15 At his last appearance In" Fox News "Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani spoke to Fox Moderator Laura Ingraham, where he accused Democrats of having double standards when they initiated an impeachment investigation against President Trump.
On the White House letter to Nancy Pelosi, Giuliani said the letter emphasizes why a due process is required otherwise, the efforts of the Democrats are "unconstitutional" and keep America "bitter and divided."
While denying the legitimacy of the Whistleblower report, Giuliani did not confirm whether to testify in the Senate at the invitation of Trump would or not ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying that although he would like to witness and discuss Biden's alleged corruption, he must consider this decision with the president.
This happened just one day after Giuliani proposed the opposite – he told the Washington Post he could not. Imagine, "other government officials are cooperating with the investigation."
"I would not testify before this committee until there is a vote of congress and it is removed, "Giuliani said, referring to the deputy Adam Schiff, the chairman of the committee
Democrats subpoena Sondland for documents and testimonies
The White House says it will not cooperate with impeachment proceedings.
Tuesday, 17:06: Pat Cipollone, a White House lawyer, sent a letter to spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and three White House committee chairs on Fundamental Fairness and constitutionally mandated procedures. "
Cipollone accused the Democrats of writing an inquiry to" reject the results of the 2016 elections and deprive the American people of their freely elected president. "
" Their high partisans and unconstitutional efforts are threatening Cipollone wrote
Cipollone argued that the investigation was "invalid" because there was no formal vote to initiate impeachment proceedings. that the investigation clearly aims to "influence the election of 2020" and "has no legitimate basis."
"We hope you will give up the current one given the many shortcomings that we have noted in your process Efforts to continue an impeachment investigation and deal with the president on the many focus on important goals that are important to the American people, "Cipollone concluded. – Grace Segers
Giuliani says he will not work with House as Graham asks him to testify in the Senate.
Tuesday, 5:02 pm: The president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, seemed prepared to oppose a summons from the House Intelligence Committee to submit documents by October 15. Giuliani told the Washington Post he could not imagine other government officials working on the investigation.
I would not testify before this committee until there is a vote of congress and he is deposed, "said Giuliani, referring to Ship, the chairman.
Giuliani's comments came after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham had urged him to testify before the committee as to his allegations about the biden in Ukraine.
"Have repeatedly objected to @RudyGiuliani's allegations of corruption in Ukraine and the many inadequacies surrounding the dismissal of the former Attorney General Viktor belongs to Shokin, "Graham wrote on Twitter referring to unfounded allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden pushed for Shokin's removal because Shokin was investigating a company with connections to Biden's son Hunter Biden.  After the behavior of the House of Representatives, it is time for the Senate to practice Asked about corruption and other shortcomings related to Ukraine. … Therefore, I will give Mr Giuliani the opportunity to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee about his concerns, "said Graham.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Giuliani said he was" very Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate Minority, also expressed interest in Giuliani's possible testimony, with the caveat that Giuliani would have to testify under oath .- Grace Segers
Trey Gowdy is considering joining Trump's outside world legal team [19659014Tuesday 16:26: Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy is considering joining Trump's external legal team, which is seeking to expand as part of the impeachment investigation.
Gowdy, Gowdy was early this year Year Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and sought no new law firm election in 2018. – Major Garrett
The lawyer of the house states that the impeachment investigation goes beyond Ukraine.
Tuesday, 14:48: A lawyer of the house told a federal judge, Democrats The impeachment investigation goes beyond the controversy with Ukraine and includes a possible obstruction of justice by the president.
During a two-hour trial before the US District Court in Washington, attorneys to the government, who fought each other, attempted to bring about a secret trial by the Grand Jury, which has continued to evolve in the nature of the house's impeachment investigation.
Douglas Letter, the house's lawyer, called on the judge to allow the House Judiciary Committee access to recently edited material in the Special Representative's report, in particular to the underlying material of the grand jury gathered during the Mueller meeting Investigation and FBI documents. Justice Department attorney Elizabeth Shapiro declined to publish the grand jury's information, arguing that certain FBI documents should contain confidential communications between White House advisers and be edited.
Ukraine pointed out that the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees had already launched informal impeachment trials before Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened an official investigation into Chief Justice Beryl Howell. – Clare Hymes
Senate Intelligence Committee publishes report on the use of social media by Russia
Tuesday, 13:45 pm: The Senate Intelligence Committee published the second volume of its non-partisan report on the Russia's involvement in the 2016 elections, detailing Russia's use of social media to fuel the division of the American public in US presidential elections, undermining Hillary Clinton's chances of success and supporting Donald Trump towards the Kremlin. "
Read the full report here.