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Three more Trump officials ordered to testify in impeachment probe

Investigators want to know why nearly 400 million dollars in military aid to Ukraine was delayed.

President Donald Trump is facing impeachment investigations (Susan Walsh/AP)
President Donald Trump is facing impeachment investigations (Susan Walsh/AP)

By Alan Fram, Associated Press

Impeachment investigators have issued subpoenas to three more Trump administration officials demanding they testify in the probe of the president’s efforts to force Ukraine to feed him damaging information about his political opponents.

The chairs of the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry subpoenaed two officials of the White House Office of Management and Budget – acting director Russell Vought and Michael Duffey, who oversees national security programmes.

They also subpoenaed State Department adviser Ulrich Brechbuhl.

The committees therefore have no choice but to issue a subpoena compelling your mandatory appearance. Impeachment investigators

Investigators asked all three earlier this month to testify but none have appeared.

The Trump administration has refused to make its officials available for depositions in the investigation and resisted supplying documents as well. But witnesses have been appearing anyway after they are issued subpoenas.

“The committees therefore have no choice but to issue a subpoena compelling your mandatory appearance,” the letters read.

Investigators want to know why nearly 400 million dollars in military aid to Ukraine was delayed, even though it was approved by Congress and signed into law by Mr Trump.

Others have testified that Mr Trump was demanding investigations of Democrats in exchange for the aid and for an Oval Office meeting coveted by Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

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