Article I of Nixon Impeachment: in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, [he] has ... withh[eld] relevant& material evidence or information from lawfully authorized investigative officers ... of the US
NEW: Early this morning, Trump admin advised Gordon Sondland, top diplomat enmeshed in Ukraine scandal, NOT to testify at his scheduled House deposition today. Move will likely fuel Dems calls to also impeach on obstruction. w/
Breaking News: The Trump administration blocked a top diplomat, Gordon Sondland, from sitting for a deposition today with impeachment investigators in the House
The White House may be calculating that it’s better to risk another article of impeachment—obstruction—rather than have someone at the center of this betrayal tell his story.
Refusal to submit to congressional oversight is a violation of our constitutional structure of government. Obstruction of Congress is itself an impeachable offense. See the Nixon articles of impeachment. via
President Trump’s lawyer said in a letter to House leaders that the executive branch would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry
Wait I thought the phone call was perfect and beautiful. Why hide the evidence from Congress & the American people? via
NYT reports: The Trump admin has directed Gordon Sondland, a top American diplomat involved in its pressure campaign on Ukraine, not to appear this morning for a scheduled deposition with House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry.
Good morning. The President of the United States is obstructing Congress' impeachment inquiry That itself is an impeachable offense.
The Founders knew something like this might happen and put checks in place to rein in any administration that doesn’t respect the rule of law. And — believe it or not, Mr. President — they were far smarter and wiser than you.
The Trump administration directed a top American diplomat involved in its pressure campaign on Ukraine not to appear for a scheduled deposition with House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry. This now opens up Trump to obstruction charges by Dems.
As a reminder: As a U.S. official, Sondland works for America, not Trump.
Trump administration tells Sondland not to appear via ⁦⁩ ⁦
White House to House Democrats: "President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”
"The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday"
You knew this was coming.
"The impeachment is an attempt to undo the election!" The purpose of EVERY impeachment is to reverse the mistake of electing a crook. That's why it's in the Constitution.
This isn't a good sign for our democracy and constitution.
Sondland "had no choice but to comply with the administration’s direction." Of course, he could quit. He's a multi-millionaire (at least), who donated $1 million to the Trump campaign, so he could surely afford to quit.
The party that used to run on "law and order" is now fully opposed to both.
“Ambassador Sondland ... stands ready to answer the committee’s questions fully and truthfully.” - precisely what Trump doesn’t want. via
I'm unclear. Is this a cover-up, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, or all three?
Trump's thin skin, plus his depleted and compromised legal staff, only increase the number of counts in the ultimate impeachment, and make it harder for GOP senators to vote to acquit.
Maybe the Supreme Court can postpone restricting reproductive rights long enough to try to save the Republic.
White House Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry, Alleging Effort to Undo Trump’s Election
WH orders Sondland not to testify today. “House Dems have repeatedly warned that if the administration tries to interfere with their investigation, it will be construed as obstruction, a charge they see as potentially worthy of impeachment”