House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday evening immediately issued a statement after the White House refused to comply with House impeachment inquiry.
“For a while, the President has tried to normalize lawlessness. Now, he is trying to make lawlessness a virtue. The American people have already heard the President’s own words – ‘do us a favor, though.’ The President’s actions threaten our national security, violate our Constitution and undermine the integrity of our elections. The White House letter is only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy, and to insist that the President is above the law,” Pelosi said.
She continued by warning Trump administration, “The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction.”
To conclude, Pelosi reminded President Trump, “You will be held accountable.”
The Trump administration informed House Democrats that the president refuses to comply with their “illegitimate proceedings,” regarding the impeachment inquiry.
In a statement, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote: “The President has done nothing wrong, and the Democrats know it. For purely political reasons, the Democrats have decided their desire to overturn the outcome of the 2016 election allows them to conduct a so-called impeachment inquiry that ignores the fundamental rights guaranteed to every American. These partisan proceedings are an affront to the Constitution—as they are being held behind closed doors and deny the President the right to call witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses, to have access to evidence, and many other basic rights.”
These partisan proceedings are an affront to the Constitution—as they are being held behind closed doors & deny the President the right to call witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses, to have access to evidence, & many other basic rights.
Full statement: https://t.co/3G4cQbgwkI
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) October 8, 2019
Earlier, the State of Department instructed U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland not to appear before a scheduled meeting of staff from three House committees.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said on Tuesday they would subsequently proceed to subpoena Sondland later for testimony and documents.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) among other Republicans, said that the Democratic-controlled process was fundamentally unfair, and demanded that Schiff publish the transcript of testimony that then-U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker had made.
“There is no wrongdoing. Ambassador Volker was clear. Why not release the transcript so you can all see what Ambassador Volker told us?” Jordan said. “There is no wrongdoing, he was completely as clear as could be: no quid pro quo.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) stressed, “What we see in this impeachment is a kangaroo court, and chairman Schiff is acting like a malicious Captain Kangaroo.”