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Democrats subpoena Pompoe over Trump’s impeachment

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been ordered by Democrats to turn over documents relating to the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine.

In a letter, the heads of three House committees subpoenaed Mr Pompeo to produce the documents within a week.

It is the latest move in rapidly escalating impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

He is being scrutinised for pushing Ukraine’s president to investigate his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

In a separate development on Friday, the US special envoy for Ukraine negotiations, Kurt Volker, resigned, according to US media reports.

Washington has been rocked by a complaint from an intelligence whistleblower that Mr Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 US election”.

Mr Trump had denied putting any pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call in July when Mr Biden was leading polls to win the Democratic nomination for the White House race.

But a transcript of the call released by the White House showed that the president did press Mr Zelensky to investigate Mr Biden.

Mr Trump has alleged that Mr Biden pressed for the sacking of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin in 2016 to protect a business that employed his son, Hunter Biden.

Mr Biden did call for the sacking of Mr Shokin, even threatening to withhold $1bn (£813m) in aid to Ukraine. But so did a number of other Western officials who saw Mr Shokin as a hindrance to anti-corruption investigations.

Impeachment is a rarely exercised two-stage political process by which a US president can be removed from office for wrongdoing.

The US president has dismissed the impeachment proceedings as a “hoax” and “another witch-hunt”.

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