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US Reps subpoena Pompeo over Ukraine files

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents concerning contact with the government of Ukraine.

House Democrats, who are pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, issued the subpoena on Friday, barely a day after the White House missed a deadline to provide documents and information about contacts with Ukrainian officials. The Trump administration was also required to turn over a full, unredacted and declassified version of the president’s July 25 telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

A whistle-blower complaint has been at the heart of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, with Democrats accusing the Republican President of brazenly soliciting a political favor from a foreign power, to help him get re-elected in 2020.

The lawmakers say they want to investigate the extent to which Mr. Trump’s actions have jeopardised national security and the integrity of US elections.

The House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees which announced the subpoena against Mr. Pompeo also scheduled depositions for five State Department officials over the next two weeks.

They include former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador Kurt Volker, the US Special Representative for Ukraine, and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union.

The State Department, which Mr. Pompeo oversees as secretary of state, did not immediately provide an official response to the subpoena.

Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment investigation against Mr. Trump, accusing him of committing a serious crime against the constitution and people of the United States.

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