Why would they? It’s a show trial. Political persecution. It’s not the president who is being impeached, but the American voter. It is America that is being impeached.
The devious Democrats claim Republicans have the right to question witnesses, but the GOP members of the committee could only issue subpoenas if Schiff agrees. Like that is going to happen. But wait, it gets worse. The Judiciary Committee — run by the execrable New York Rep. Jerry Nadler — would then determine if the entire House should vote on impeachment.
White House Officials Not Expected to Show for Testimony in Impeachment Inquiry
Among the witnesses whose testimony was sought Monday are a top White House lawyer and an adviser to chief
By Andrew Duehren, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 4, 2019:
WASHINGTON—The four administration officials whose testimony impeachment investigators had scheduled for Monday aren’t expected to appear for their depositions, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The officials are acting at the direction of the White House, the person said. The move, which follows testimony last week by two officials who were serving on the National Security Council when they were deposed, escalates the battle between House Democrats and the White House over the impeachment inquiry, which President Trump has repeatedly attacked.
It is unclear how the House will respond to the White House’s move. A federal judge has already been asked to rule on whether former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman must testify in the impeachment inquiry, after the White House instructed him not to testify.
The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The officials who House committees had scheduled to testify in private session on Monday were Robert Blair, a senior adviser to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney ; John Eisenberg, deputy counsel to the president for national security affairs; Michael Ellis, Mr. Eisenberg’s deputy; and Brian McCormack, an associate director at the White House budget office.
A lawyer for Mr. Blair didn’t respond to a request for comment. The Financial Times reported that the lawyer said the White House had directed his client not to testify because committee rules wouldn’t allow a White House lawyer to accompany him.
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Investigators are also seeking to depose Russell Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, though Mr. Vought has said he wouldn’t cooperate with the investigation. His testimony was scheduled for Wednesday.
While the White House has vowed not to cooperate with the inquiry, led by House Democrats, several current administration officials testified last week after receiving subpoenas, including two in the White House.
Investigators want to hear from Mr. Blair about whether he was aware of any link between Mr. Trump’s decision in July to hold up nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine and the push by the president and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for Ukrainian investigations into Democrat Joe Biden and into alleged election interference. Investigators have now heard testimony from at least two witnesses who said they understood aid to be conditioned on Ukraine opening those investigations.
Mr. Blair listened in on the July phone call in the place of his boss, Mr. Mulvaney, The Wall Street Journal has reported. Mr. Blair raised no alarms about the call afterward.
Mr. Blair was also the one to convey to the budget office in July that Mr. Trump had directed Mr. Mulvaney to hold the funds to Ukraine, which had been appropriated by Congress, according to people familiar with the matter. The aid was released in September after Congress raised concerns.
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