For the fourth time in US history, the House of Representatives has begun a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine whether President Donald Trump violated his oath by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.
Here is a quick summary of the latest news.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW
– House Democrats issued subpoenas on Monday to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and White House interim budget director Russell Vought.
– Mayor Nancy Pelosi's office issued an open letter signed by 90 former national security officials who served in the Democratic and Republican governments, expressing support for the complainant who raised concerns about Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the political enemy Joe Biden.
– Trump said the impeachment inquiry is a "scam" that is increasing his search numbers, but admitted that "makes work harder".
WHAT IS THE NEXT
Officials and legislators of the House Intelligence Committee, the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and the House Foreign Relations Committee will continue to hear witnesses throughout the week. Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, who has become a key figure in the investigation, will be deposed on Tuesday. Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine who has been called back since the start of the post, will be speaking on Friday.
A solid majority of House Democrats – 226 of the 235 voting members – support the impeachment inquiry, according to an AP count. They are joined by Justin Amash, Republican and Independent, from Michigan. Only five Democrats oppose or are undecided on the investigation; four did not confirm a position for the AP.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who was involved in the House impeachment investigation when the person Trump said he answered the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said in Lithuania on Monday that he asked Trump "several times "to talk to Zelenskiy.
Spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said Perry wants Trump to talk about energy issues with the Ukrainian leader as part of US efforts to increase Western energy ties with Eastern Europe. A rough transcript of the call shows Trump pressing Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son.
Perry also dismissed rumors of his imminent departure from the Trump administration, saying reports of his departure are premature. "Not today, not tomorrow, not next month," he said.
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