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Trump’s Top Legal Advisor Just Got Subpoenaed By The House Intel Committee


Trump’s Top Legal Advisor Just Got Subpoenaed By The House Intel Committee

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday subpoenaed John Eisenberg, President Donald Trump’s top legal advisor, to testify on Monday as part of its expanding impeachment investigation into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Investigators also subpoenaed Brian McCormack, outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s chief of staff, for Monday deposition, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The two subpoenas add to a growing pile of testimony House investigators plan on hearing next week as the chamber seeks to ramp up its investigation.

Both Republicans and Democrats are digging in the trenches after the House’s impeachment probe resolution passed Thursday in a 232-196 party-line vote. The vote was a clear indication that an upcoming phase of the impeachment process — taking place in public hearings — will be a highly partisan affair.

The House is investigating allegations that Trump tied $400 million in aid to Ukraine to Kiev’s commitment to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a top political rival and 2020 Democratic primary frontrunner, on unfounded corruption allegations.

Lawmakers are likely to question Eisenberg about testimony from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the NSC, saying that he raised concerns over a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump pushed his counterpart to investigate Biden.

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” Vindman said in his testimony. “I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”

Vindman expressed his concerns to Eisenberg, who then proposed moving the call’s transcript to a highly classified server, sources told The Washington Post.

Investigators are likely to press McCormack for more information on Perry’s role in dealing with Ukraine, including whether he helped convey or reinforce the alleged quid pro quo. Perry has denied any wrongdoing and refused to testify in the House’s inquiry.

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