Much to Donald Trump’s chagrin and despite his best efforts to distract, his Ukraine scandal continues to expand at an exponential rate.
Earlier this week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) officially announced the beginning of an impeachment inquiry in response to the stunning revelation that the president tried to exploit the powers of the Oval Office to coerce Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The White House’s release of a memorandum outlining the phone call between the foreign leaders confirmed the worst of the accusations and yesterday’s release of the original whistleblower complaint opened up a whole new avenue of questions about the president’s behavior.
Now, CNN’s Manu Raju is reporting that three House committees have subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his failure to hand over documents related to the Ukraine probe. Congressional Democrats are eager to discover exactly what role Pompeo’s State Department played in Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.
The Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the House Oversight Committee had previously set a deadline for Pompeo, demanding that he hand over the records by yesterday. Since he failed to do so, they are now exercising their subpoena powers to get the truth. In the committee chairmen’s letter to Pompeo’s office, they informed him that “failure or refusal to comply” with the subpoena would “constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry.”
ABC reports that the requested documents include communications between the State Department and Giuliani as well as records related to Trump’s now-infamous phone call with President Zelensky.
If he has even a shred of respect for the law left in him—a dubious prospect given his continued service to an abjectly criminal administration—Pompeo will deliver the documents in question to Congress immediately. The American people have a right to know exactly what happened so that they can throw their collective support behind appropriate action. At this point, it appears that the only way forward is impeachment.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.