The House Of Representative’s impeachment inquiry is underway — and the first target is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo was hit with subpoenas Friday for documents centered around ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani’s meddling in the Ukraine on behalf of President Trump.
The summons marks the first targeted shot in a contentious inquiry following a whistleblower report accusing the president of pressuring Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky into drudging up dirt to besmirch Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The former vice president is the favorite to challenge Trump for the White House in 2020.
The demand for Pompeo’s documents, some of which were requested more than two weeks ago, was sent by Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Rep. Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Rep. Adam Schiff, and Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.
Pompeo was also given notice Friday that five State Department officials pertinent to the anonymous whistleblower’s complaint were slated to give depositions.
Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, Counselor of the State Department T. Ulrich Brechbu, and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland are scheduled to face lawmakers over the next two weeks.
Pompeo has until Oct. 4 to comply with the House’s demand for documents.
“The Committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to Ukraine counter Russian aggression,” reads the missive Pompeo received.
Pompero allegedly ignored requests for information on Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry launch Tuesday. The president contends that he did nothing wrong in asking Zelensky to look into business dealings involving Biden and his son Hunter, who had business dealings in the eastern European country while his father served under President Barack Obama.