The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs amidst call for President Trump’s impeachment.
Pompeo’s appearance before the Committee comes against the background of documents related to President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky as part of an impeachment inquiry.
The subpoena demands Pompeo provide documents by Oct. 4.
The Committee also plans to depose five State Department officials, including Ambassador Kurt Volker, who reportedly arranged for Trump’s personal lawyer to meet with high-level Ukrainian officials, and Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine by Trump.
“The subpoenaed documents shall be part of the impeachment inquiry and shared among the Committees. Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry,” wrote House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings in a joint letter to Pompeo.
The depositions are set to take place between Oct. 2 and Oct. 10 while Congress is out on a two-week recess.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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