Trump's State Department blocks EU ambassador from sitting for deposition with House impeachment investigators minutes before scheduled appearance
United States Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who was scheduled to testify at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, was ordered by the State Department not to appear before House Democrats for his scheduled deposition, CNN’s Many Raju reports.
NEW: Ambassador Gordon Sondland has been told by State to not appear this morning before the House - so he won’t.… https://t.co/3GkQOsvdin— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1570536773.0
This is a surprise since the members had returned to town and staff anticipated to question today. Dems have said… https://t.co/YNiYtHu4IO— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1570536896.0
As New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt notes, the “move will likely fuel Dems calls” to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of obstruction.
Sondland was scheduled to meet with staff from 3 House committees — Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs — on Tuesday over a series of explosive texts he exchanged with former US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker and Bill Taylor, described by the Wall Street Journal as “a top U.S. diplomat in Kyiv.”
You can read Sondland’s attorney’s full statement below:
Statement from Sondland’s attorney: https://t.co/yetEnNQOhA— Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz)1570537358.0