Almost everything in the whistleblower’s complaint has been verified, so requiring testimony does not further the public interest in any respect. It would also be a failure of Congress’s responsibility to protect law-abiding whistleblowers.
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A new poll from the University of Maryland suggests that as more information is brought to light about President Trump’s dealings in Ukraine, there is potential for further shift in public opinion on impeachment.
An attorney’s ethical obligations to safeguard discussions with clients can go far beyond attorney-client privilege—even if that client is the president of the United States.
Gordon D. Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, will appear on Thursday before House impeachment investigators from the Committees on Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence. His opening statement is available here and below:
It’s unclear whether the Office of Management and Budget withheld the money in a manner consistent with its complex legal obligations.
The deputy counsel to President Trump responded to a letter from counsel for Fiona Hill, the former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs for the National Security Council. The White House letter argues that Hill should not discuss any classified information or any details subject to executive privilege during her deposition before three House Committees handling the impeachment inquiry. The letter can be found here and below.
The aggressive letter from the White House counsel to Congress, announcing that the president will not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, is further evidence of the deterioration of norms in the conduct of senior government positions.
Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch delivered her opening statement in closed-door testimony before the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence. In the statement, Yovanovitch suggests her departure as ambassador came as a result of pressure from President Trump on the State Department. The full opening statement is available here and below.
The chairmen of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry compelling him to produce documents for the impeachment inquiry. The subpoena requests information related to Perry’s involvement in President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Zelensky and Perry’s other activities in Ukraine. The letter can be found here and below.
The chairmen of three House Committees—Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs—sent a letter to John Dowd to compel his clients, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, to produce documents as part of the impeachment inquiry. The letter further indicated that Parnas and Fruman are expected to appear for testimony at a later date.