House Democrats Prepare White House Subpoena in Impeachment Probe

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani waves as he attends the White House Sports and Fitness Day event on the South Lawn

The call was about "taking down the threat that Russian Federation poses there in the Ukraine", Pompeo told reporters travelling with him in Italy on Tuesday.

The subpoena announcement came as House and Senate staff prepared to meet with the State Department's inspector general Wednesday afternoon.

Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, is to testify to lawmakers behind closed doors on Thursday. He also continued to push back against what he said was Democrats' "bullying and intimidation".

"It's been remarkably consistent", Pompeo said.

The controversy over Trump's July call with Zelenskiy quickly engulfed the White House.

"What we object to was the demands that were put that deeply violate fundamental principles of separation of powers", Pompeo said Wednesday while on a visit to Italy.

Like most inspector generals at federal agencies, Linick, 56, reports to both the head of the department he works for - in this case, Pompeo - and Congress. They warned Pompeo on Tuesday that he is considered "a fact witness in the House impeachment inquiry" based on his role in Trump's call with Zelenskiy.

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The documents comprise a disjointed collection of material, from an envelope sent to Pompeo marked with "the White House" as the sender's address. Volker, who previously served as the USA ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, resigned from the Ukraine post last week after he was named in the whistle-blower's report.

Turner said he doesn't believe Volker would have done anything untoward during his State Department service.

Yovanovitch, the career diplomat whose abrupt recall from Ukraine earlier this year raised questions, is set to appear next week.

"Look, I want to tell you something - when I took the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution as my colleagues have done as well, I did not say, I will do this as long as the Republicans can understand the Constitution".

Pelosi said, "Let me just say this, just because the Senate may not have the courage to recognize the president's violation of the Constitution doesn't mean that they're off scot-free". He is expected to face tough questioning after finding himself in the middle of the controversy surrounding the intelligence whistleblower-over President Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president in which he discussed former Vice President Joe Biden.

In recent days, it has been disclosed that the administration similarly tried to restrict information about Trump's calls with other foreign leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, by moving memos onto a highly classified computer system.

Jordan praised Volker, calling him "impressive".

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