Trump impeachment probe to focus on more key witnesses this week

Veteran State Department officer William Taylor and at least four other witnesses will be the latest in a parade of career diplomats and current and former U.S. officials to speak before congressional committees, despite the objections of a Republican White House deriding the Democratic-led proceedings as a "kangaroo court."

The fast-developing inquiry has cast a new cloud of legal troubles over Trump's presidency, contributing to unease among fellow Republicans at a time when some have already been critical of his abrupt decision to remove U.S. troops from northeastern Syria. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) arrives with Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) to hear testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland behind closed-doors, as part of the impeachment inquiry led by the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Reform Committees on Oct. 17. © Erin Scott/Reuters

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White House Budget Office refuses to comply with subpoena for impeachment probe

Washington, October 11 (RHC)-- In the U.S., the White House Budget Office says it will not comply with a congressional subpoena for documents relating to Ukraine.  This comes after the White House said it would refuse to cooperate with the impeachment probe.

The State Department has also blocked the U.S. ambassador to the European Union from speaking to the three congressional committees leading the inquiry.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff told reporters: “The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress, a coequal branch of government.”

Edited by Ed Newman

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