WASHINGTON — House investigators say they will issue a subpoena demanding all White House and Trump administration documents related to President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings says in a letter to White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney that he wants all documents “memorializing communications between President Trump and the leader of any other foreign country” that relate to Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president.
The letter says that includes any threats to condition U.S. aid on Ukrainian cooperation or to investigate Biden.
It also includes any efforts by Trump private attorney Rudy Giuliani or others to “induce, compel, petition, press, solicit, request, or suggest” help from Ukraine.
Cummings says he’ll issue the subpoena Friday.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, Trump said he agrees a whistleblower should be protected, “if the whistleblower is legitimate.”
Trump was highly critical though of the whistleblower report alleging he used the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.
Trump said the whistleblower wrote about a “vicious conversation” that he asserted was in reality a “very innocent conversation.”
He said the whistleblower “either got it totally wrong, made it up, or the person giving the information to the whistleblower was dishonest, and this country has to find out who that person was.” He then described the person who talked to the whistleblower as a “spy.”
The whistleblower’s report was based on information from “multiple” U.S. government officials.AlertMe