3 House Committees 'Demand' Documents on What 'Appears to Be' Trump's 'Abuse of Power'

By Susan Jones | September 24, 2019 | 10:14am EDT
Rep. Adam Schiff chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - We demand more documents!

The Democrat chairmen of three House committees are "demanding that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo immediately begin producing documents the State Department has been withholding in response to a letter the Chairmen sent two weeks ago relating to efforts by the President and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to solicit the help of a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 Presidential Election."

The chairmen -- Reps. Eliot Engel (Foreign Affairs), Adam Schiff (Intelligence) and Elijah Cummings (Oversight), sent a letter to Pompeo on Monday, directing him to "inform the Committees by Thursday whether he intends to fully comply with these requests or whether subpoenas will be necessary."

Meanwhile, House Democrats are meeting at 4 p.m. to discuss possible impeachment proceedings against President Trump, this time for something he supposedly said in phone call with the newly elected Ukraine president.

Never mind that Congress does not know details about the complaint filed by an intelligence community whistleblower. And press reports now say the whistleblower's complaint is based on what he heard from someone else.

The committee chairs framed the argument in their letter, as follows:

“Seeking to enlist a foreign actor to interfere with an American election undermines our sovereignty, democracy, and the Constitution, which the President is sworn to preserve, protect, and defend. Yet the President and his personal attorney now appear to be openly engaging in precisely this type of abuse of power involving the Ukrainian government ahead of the 2020 election.”

On Sept. 9, the chairmen requested six categories of documents relating to reports that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani pressed the Ukrainian government to interfere with the 2020 election by pursuing investigations that could benefit Trump politically.

“If press reports are accurate, such corrupt use of presidential power for the President’s personal political interest -- and not for the national interest -- is a betrayal of the President’s oath of office and cannot go unchecked,” the chairmen wrote.

The committee chairmen also accused the Trump administration of "obstructing Congress’ oversight duty under the Constitution" by "withholding these documents and refusing to engage with the Committees."

The full letter is attached here:



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