Adam Schiff Calls Trump’s Attacks on Whistleblower Witness Intimidation, ‘Incitement of Violence’

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The question of whether the White House was preserving the information arose in federal court Tuesday, following government transparency and historical archivist groups' emergency request to maintain the notes from the Trump-Volodymyr Zelensky July 25 call and other Trump discussions with world leaders.

Despite the Democrats' impeachment proceedings, Pelosi said she hopes the president will still work with them on lowering the cost of prescription drugs and trade. "We don't want this to drag on months and months and months, which appears to be the administration's strategy".

Speaking of the probe and Democrats' bad faith, Schiff said Democrats "are deeply concerned about Secretary Pompeo's effort now to potentially interfere with witnesses whose testimony is needed before our committee". He concluded his Twitter rant responding to Pelosi and Schiff Wednesday with a curse. Throwing criticism broadly, he assailed Schiff as a "low-life" and said Pelosi's San Francisco has turned into a "tent city" of homeless. Federal law guarantees whistleblowers' anonymity, but Trump said, "I don't care".

Schiff said the intelligence community's Inspector General Michael Atkinson will testify privately before the House intelligence committee on Friday.

The subpoena is directed towards acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Senior officials like Volker and Sondland also assisted Giuliani in contacting the Zelenskiy administration, with the department confirming in August that Volker contacted Giuliani to put him in touch with Zelenskiy's advisers at their request.

Cummings, in a memo to the committee explaining the move, accused the Trump administration of "flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents".

An invitation said only that the inspector general, Steve Linick, "would like to discuss and provide staff with copies of documents related to the State Department and Ukraine".

Democrats in the United States Congress said on Wednesday they will subpoena the White House for records related to a phone call between President Donald Trump and the leader of Ukraine.

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Giuliani, who hired former assistant special Watergate prosecutor Jon Sale a day after being hit with his own subpoena, continued to push false Biden corruption accusations and promised to fight against Democratic investigators. He said that as America's chief diplomat he is well-versed in US policy toward Ukraine.

The whistleblower complaint led House Democrats to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Democrats often note that obstruction was one of the impeachment articles against Richard Nixon, who resigned the presidency in 1974 in the face of nearly certain impeachment. The Democrats also want to hear from T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, a counselor at the State Department, who also listened in on the Trump-Zelenskiy call, they said. They have also subpoenaed Pompeo for documents.

"It's a whole hoax and you know who's playing into the hoax?"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday confirmed he had been on Trump's call with Zelensky and he asserted that the president's approach did not reflect a shift in U.S. policy towards Ukraine.

"Yeah, it was a followup of what I just asked you, sir", Mason said.

Yovanovitch, the career diplomat whose abrupt recall from Ukraine earlier this year raised questions, is set to appear next week.

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