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House Democrats Issue More Subpoenas in Trump Impeachment Inquiry

House Democrats on Friday sent out more subpoenas in their impeachment inquiry to White House officials who have also indicated that they wouldnt voluntarily testify.

The subpoena letters were sent to Russ Vought (pdf), President Trumps acting budget director; Michael Duffey (pdf), a senior official in the Office of Management and Budget; and T. Ulrich Brechbuhl (pdf), counsel at the U.S. Department of State.

The three letters were signed by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). Respectively, they are the heads of the House committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has tasked with heading the inquiry.

On Twitter, Vought has slammed Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry, saying that reports about cooperation were “fake news” and described it as a sham.

Acting Director of Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on March 11, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

He cited an Oct. 8 letter from the White House to the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry that officials would not participate in the process.

“I saw some Fake News over the weekend to correct,” Vought tweeted. “As the WH letter made clear two weeks ago, OMB officials—myself and Mike Duffey—will not be complying with deposition requests this week.”

Democrats have called on Duffey to appear on Nov. 5, Vought to appear on Nov. 6, and Brechbuhl also to appear on Nov. 6.

“Your failure or refusal to appear at the deposition, including at the direction or behest of the President or White House, shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the Houses impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against the President,” the letter to Duffey read.

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks during a press conference alongside House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Oct. 23, 2019. (Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

According to the House letters sent on Friday, the three officials had told the committees that they wouldnt voluntarilyRead More – Source