Washington: Democratic lawmakers on Friday demanded that the White House turn over documents related to allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine for political favors, as the explosive impeachment investigation against the US leader intensified. The congressional committees leading the probe cranked up the heat on the White House as evidence mounted that Trump illicitly used his office to enlist Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s help to damage 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden, in exchange for military aid. “The White House has refused to engage with — or even respond to — multiple requests for documents,” the Democratic chairmen of the House oversight, intelligence and foreign affairs committees said. “His actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena.” In their letter to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, the committees demanded that he turn over the requested files by October 18. The subpoena followed a demand earlier Friday for documents from Vice President Mike Pence. The investigators pointed to Pence’s knowledge of Trump’s calls to Zelensky and his own meeting on September 1 with the Ukraine leader, as well as discussions he may have had with Trump and US diplomats about Ukraine and obtaining political… Read full this story
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