Dems Could Take Control Of The White House As Impeachment Inquiry Now Also Focusing On Pence
A new report on Friday revealed that House committees who are conducting an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump now want Vice President Mike Pence to turn over any documents he has that involve the president’s phone call with the Ukrainian president.
“Recently, public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the president’s stark message to the Ukrainian president,” the heads of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees wrote in a letter Friday.
According to NBC News:
The letter notes references in those reports to a member of Pence’s staff who may have participated directly in the July call at the heart of the controversy; documents Pence may have seen, including a record of the call; and Pence’s own September meeting with the Ukrainian president in Warsaw, “during which you reportedly discussed the Administration’s hold on U.S. security assistance to Ukraine.”
It asks that he turn over the documents by Oct. 15.
Failure to do so “shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may by used as an adverse inference against you and the president,” the letter signed by Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings says.
Pence’s office did not take the request seriously and called it a public relations ploy. “The Office of the Vice President received the letter after it was released to the media and it has been forwarded to Counsel’s Office for a response,” Katie Waldman, the vice president’s press secretary, said in a statement. “Given the scope, it does not appear to be a serious request but just another attempt by the Do Nothing Democrats to call attention to their partisan impeachment.”
Pence told reporters Thursday he never discussed the Bidens with Zelenskiy, but they had spoken about “corruption” in the country in general.
“Well, as I said the day after that meeting, we focused entirely, in my meeting with President Zelenskiy of Ukraine, on the issues that President Trump has raised as a concern, namely the lack of support from European partners for Ukraine and real issues of corruption in Ukraine,” Pence said.