The scandal surrounding President Donald Trump’s attempt to get Ukraine to produce dirt on the Bidens is not going away anytime soon. As the formal impeachment process that House Democrats launched over that scandal proceeds, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took to Twitter this Wednesday with a concise rundown of some of the latest evidence that’s emerged condemning the president. This evidence includes revealed text messages in which three different Trump administration officials explicitly discuss the president’s attempt to get dirt out of the Ukraine.
For example, as included in a clip the House Speaker tweeted, in July, now former U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker insisted that it’s “most important” for the Ukrainian president to say he will “help” investigate the Bidens, and that same month, he said that setting a date for the Ukrainians to visit D.C. would be dependent on them announcing a Biden investigation. Later, the still serving E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland bluntly asserted that he thinks Trump “wants the deliverable” — meaning the dirt.
Pelosi captioned her message recapping this:
‘In their own words. @realDonaldTrump pressured a foreign leader to manufacture political dirt for his 2020 reelection campaign. #TruthExposed’
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 9, 2019
House Democrats have attempted to hear from the people in the messages, but despite getting Volker to testify, the Trump administration abruptly demanded that the still employed Sondland not testify and the Trump donor turned diplomatic official has for now complied with that order. House Democrats responded by issuing a subpoena demanding his testimony, but considering a letter that White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent them this week asserting that the White House will not comply with any aspects of the impeachment inquiry — there’s not likely to be much of a change of heart anytime soon. Democrats will likely have to again resort to the court system.
Besides the subpoena targeting Sondland, Democrats have also issued subpoenas demanding information from the Trump administration itself and the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who helped as a sort of middle man in the scheme to get the dirt from Ukraine. There’s no sign of any imminent compliance with either of those subpoenas either, as the GOP digs into the talking point that it’s wild to be concerned about a U.S. president asking a foreign country for dirt on a political opponent.
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