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Tue Oct 8, 2019, 06:05 PM

Subpoenas issued in impeachment inquiry following blocking of ambassador deposition

Source: CNN



Subpoenas issued in impeachment inquiry following blocking of ambassador deposition

By Jeremy Herb, Katelyn Polantz and Manu Raju, CNN

Updated 6:35 PM ET, Tue October 8, 2019

(CNN)House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff on Tuesday called the State Department's blocking testimony of a key witness "strong evidence of obstruction" of Democrats' impeachment investigation, and the move prompted House Democrats to issue a subpoena in response.

The State Department on Tuesday directed US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland not to testify before Congress, scrambling Democrats' impeachment investigation and raising questions about whether they will be able to obtain testimony from other witnesses. But Schiff's sharp response to Sondland's absence is a sign of the escalating impeachment fight between the White House and Democrats.

"The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress," Schiff told reporters.
In addition to blocking Sondland's testimony, Schiff said the ambassador indicated he had text messages or emails on a personal device provided to the State Department that State was withholding from Congress.

The subpoena issued Tuesday evening demanded Sondland turn over documents by Monday, October 14, and appear for a deposition on Wednesday, October 16.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/08/politics/gordon-sondland-house-impeachment/index.html





The tempo, she is picking up.

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Tactical Peek Oct 8 OP
bullimiami Oct 8 #1
sprinkleeninow Oct 8 #2
iluvtennis Oct 8 #4
pangaia Oct 8 #5
leftieNanner Oct 8 #3

Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Tue Oct 8, 2019, 06:16 PM

1. They need to start charging each individual that doesn't show up

with contempt of congress.

""The criminal offense of "contempt of Congress" sets the penalty at not less than one month nor more than twelve months in jail and a fine of not more than $100,000.""

Start using inherent contempt to fine or jail them until they start showing up.
And add the contempt charge to anyone up the line that orders it.




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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 8, 2019, 06:21 PM

2. 👍

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 8, 2019, 07:51 PM

4. +++ agree.

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 8, 2019, 09:11 PM

5. Not that I think charging them is wrong, but---------


--who, pray tell, will put them in the clink?

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Tue Oct 8, 2019, 06:36 PM

3. I'm very pleased that Chairman Schiff acted immediately

No more "we will consider sending a subpoena" stuff. You don't show up? We smack you with a very heavy piece of paper right NOW!

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