Impeachment Frenzy Is Hurting Trump

Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2019

"I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republicans' rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said President Trump is "obstructing Congress from getting the facts" it needs in the impeachment inquiry after his administration blocked a USA diplomat from testifying before three committees.

Translation: no documents and no witnesses.

The Trump Administration ordered a top US diplomat not to appear for a deposition with investigators as part of the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. They say they'll subpoena the ambassador for his testimony and communications on his personal devices that have not been turned over. The use of the personal device, they warned, makes it appear that Sondland failed to comply with rules requiring that federal employees use official accounts for government business.

Trump has called the inquiry a partisan "witch hunt", and released a summary transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a bid at damage control. At least three officials are scheduled to speak Thursday and Friday, including Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was recalled by the Trump administration, and two associates of Rudy Giuliani: Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

New details have surfaced from the whistleblower complaint that sparked the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Another whistleblower has come forward making allegations about Trump's tax returns, according to The Washington Post, claiming that there were "inappropriate efforts to influence" the IRS auditing the president's finances.

"As I said on the phone, I think it's insane to withhold assistance for help with a political campaign", Taylor wrote in a message on September 9.

Sondland replied: "Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions".

"The president has been crystal clear no quid pro quo's of any kind. But what happened with Ukraine is about Donald Trump".

The text messages also showed that Sondland was involved in discussions to set up a White House meeting after the Ukrainian president issued a statement announcing an investigation.

"I think [Trump] really wants the deliverable", Sondland wrote. That letter can be read on the U.S. House website. Previous witnesses have been career officials, including the former US special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the US Intelligence Community.

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