Congressmen intend to obtain documents about the conversation of presidents Trump and Zelensky.
Three committees of the House of Representatives, headed by Democrats, said they sent a summons to the White House demanding documents related to their investigation into President Donald Trump.
Congressman Elijah Cummings of the oversight committee, Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Eliot Engel of the foreign relations committee said they were forced to send a subpoena after the White House failed to provide the documents that were requested in the letter of September 9.
“We deeply regret that President Trump put us – and the entire country – in a similar position, but his actions left us no choice but to issue this subpoena,” the lawmakers said.
They intend to obtain documents related to the telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on July 25. This conversation was the reason for their investigation.
Lawmakers require the White House to hand over the requested documents no later than October 18. In particular, they are interested in who else was present at the telephone conversation.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying, “The Subpoena changes nothing. Just more paperwork, wasted time and taxpayer money that will demonstrate that the President has done nothing wrong.”
White House lawyers point out that Trump has the right to ignore the requests of the committees investigating the full House of Representatives did not approve its start.
A similar agenda was sent to US Vice President Mike Pence, who is required to provide documents relating to his meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, as well as a recording of a telephone conversation between Trump and Zelensky.