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State Department Officials Will Not Testify Without Official Inquiry

White House also says it will not cooperate until there is a vote

On Tuesday, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador was expected to give testimony before the House Intelligence Committee’s ongoing impeachment investigation. However, shortly before the start of the questioning, the State Department barred Mr. Sondland from testifying to a closed-door session.

President Donald Trump responded saying, "I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see." The president also urged the House of Representatives to vote on an official inquiry, thus setting proper due process for both sides.

The House Committee has now issued a subpoena to force Mr. Soundland to appear next week, and supply documents recovered from his personal devices. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said of the move, “By preventing us from hearing from this witness and obtaining these documents, the president and secretary of state are taking actions that prevent us from getting the facts needed to protect the nation’s security.”

Sources: AP, CNN, NPR
As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For the White House and Congress to cooperate toward uncovering the truth.
  • For strength and wisdom for President Trump and that his decisions to be in the best interest of the nation.
  • For Representative Schiff to be used by God to effectively lead the House Committee.