WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump (all occasions native):
The White House has notified the House that the Trump administration won’t take part in what it’s calling Democrats’ “illegitimate” impeachment probe.
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone writes in a letter to House Democratic leaders that their inquiry has processed in a “manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process” and “lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation” or “pretense of fairness.”
The letter comes the identical day Trump intensified his struggle with Congress by blocking Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador, from testifying behind closed doorways in regards to the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff known as Sondland’s no-show “additional strong evidence” of obstruction of Congress by Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that can solely strengthen Democrats’ case.
The White House has launched a high-stakes technique to counter the impeachment menace to President Donald Trump: Stall. Obfuscate. Attack. Repeat.
One of the administration’s first strikes: The State Department on Tuesday barred Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador, from showing earlier than a House panel conducting the impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Sondland’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, says his consumer is “profoundly disappointed” that he received’t be capable to testify.