White House blocks key impeachment witness, Gordon Sondland from testifying


Today, the White House drew a very distinct line in the sand, one that Democrats will need to cross in order to compete their “formal impeachment inquiry”.

From the very onset of this latest foray into nullifying the 2016 election, Democratic leaders have begun an inquiry into Donald Trump’s alleged wrongdoing in the case of Ukraine, but without any sort of vote to authorize the escalation.

It is this fact that has the White House defying Congress, as they previously stated that no such inquiry would have the authority necessary to pierce their surroundings without a vote in The House to empower it.

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So now, as House Committees fully expected US Ambassador Gordon Sondland to testify today, the White House has pulled the plug.

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U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who was scheduled to be interviewed by Congress Tuesday as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, was ordered not to appear for his deposition by the the State Department, according to a statement issued by his attorney. Sondland was mentioned in the original whistleblower complaint and a key witness to the Trump-Ukraine dealings.

Sondland’s lawyer, Robert Luskin said in the statement that Sondland “is profoundly disappointed that he will not be able to testify today” and went on to say that the ambassador had traveled from Brussels for the testimony and made arrangements with the Joint Committee staff to appear. Sondland “believes strongly that he acted at all times in the best interests of the United States” and remains ready to testify “on short notice,” Luskin said.

Democrats have earlier stated that any such “stonewalling” would be considered “obstruction of Congress”, and would subject the President and his administration to further articles of impeachment being introduced.

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