Schiff calls Trump tweets incitement to violence

Schiff calls Trump tweets incitement to violence

House investigators say they will issue a subpoena demanding all White House and Trump administration documents related to President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

Like many Ukrainians, former President Petro Poroshenko is trying to distance himself from the USA impeachment inquiry into Trump, triggered by a phone call between the American leader and Poroshenko's successor, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Trump had threatened that nothing would get done in Congress as Democrats pursued their impeachment inquiry.

Schiff also added that they are cooperating very closely with House Oversight Committee Chairman Eli Cummings about their new subpoena for the White House.

Ukraine's former president said Wednesday he discussed investments with President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in 2017, but that he never discussed Ukrainian companies with any USA official.

The White House the next day released a partial transcript of the call with Zelenskiy showing that exchange, which is now the focus of Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Democrats have accused Trump of pressuring a vulnerable US ally to meddle in the 2020 election for his own political benefit.

"I was on the phone call", Pompeo told reporters in Rome Wednesday during a news conference with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio.

After first asking President Donald Trump about how the political storm will affect USA foreign policy during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö Wednesday, MTV News Finland reporter Mari Karppinen asked a more pointed question directed at Niinistö.

In an intensifying battle between House Democrats and Trump's administration, Democratic-led committees previously subpoenaed Pompeo and Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as well as documents.

McCarthy reminded us that in last week's intelligence hearing, Schiff parodied parts of Trump's phone call with Zelensky to try and incriminate him. The call unfolded against the backdrop of a $250 million foreign aid package for Ukraine that was being readied by Congress but stalled by Trump. The aid money was later provided to Ukraine.

Shortly after the tweets, Trump continued his attacks from the Oval Office as he welcomed the president of Finland, a partner in countering Russian Federation, to the White House. He also said he "might" limit how many people listen in on his calls with foreign leaders.

Pompeo accused the House committees of trying to "intimidate, bully, & treat improperly" his employees. He has said, however, that he would cooperate with Congress.

Pelosi said she had not spoken to Trump or anyone in the White House since her call with the president last Tuesday. Atkinson has concluded that the whistleblower complaint was of urgent concern and appeared credible.

Giuliani wants Ukraine to investigate Biden, whose son Hunter served on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Moscow has denied interfering in that campaign.

Pelosi opened a Wednesday press conference with Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, not by giving an update on the impeachment probe but by talking at length about various legislative initiatives such as reducing prescription drug prices, addressing gun violence, and finalizing the trade deal between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

The former envoy, who has since resigned his position and so is not necessarily bound by Pompeo's directions, is eager to appear as scheduled on Thursday, said one person familiar with the situation, but unauthorized to discuss it and granted anonymity.

In Russia, Putin said scrutiny over the phone call showed that Trump's adversaries are using "every excuse" to attack him.

With their deep knowledge of Ukraine, testimony by Yovanovitch and Volker could be especially important to the impeachment probe.

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