The White House also blocked Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, from speaking with investigators, a decision Speaker Nancy Pelosi called an “abuse of power.” Mr. Sondland was one of the three envoys who discussed via text message a plan to secure the Ukrainian president’s commitment to investigate Mr. Trump’s rivals.
Democrats in Congress have said they consider the failure to comply with their demands for information to be obstruction, a charge they say is itself worthy of impeachment. Even before the letter’s release, Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said blocking Mr. Sondland from speaking was “strong evidence” of obstruction.
This evening, Democrats subpoenaed Mr. Sondland for testimony and documents. Mr. Schiff said the State Department was withholding texts he had sent on a private device that were “deeply relevant” to the inquiry.
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What exactly is this fight?
The showdown today felt like the most dramatic clash yet between the branches of government. Are we in what some might call a “constitutional crisis”?