House will subpoena White House for Ukraine documents in Trump impeachment probe

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President Donald J. Trump participates in a ceremonial Swearing-In of the Secretary of Labor Gene Scalia in the Oval Office at the White House on Monday, Sept 30, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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The head of a leading House committee said Wednesday that he plans to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents related to Ukraine as part of an ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The subpoena will be issued Friday, said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the head of the House Oversight and Reform Commmittee, in a memo to members of that panel.

Cummings’ panel and other committees are investigating Trump’s pressuring of the president of Ukraine to launch a probe of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, allegedly by withholding U.S. military aid to that country.

Biden is a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I do not take this step lightly,” Cummings wrote in the memo to his committee.

“Over the past several weeks, the Committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with—or even respond to—the Committees.”

The memo also says, “The White House’s flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents—combined with stark and urgent warnings from the Inspector General about the gravity of these allegations—have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena.”

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