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Mike Pompeo subpoenaed by House committees over Ukraine scandal

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats, kick-starting their impeachment inquiry into President Trump, subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, demanding he produce a tranche of documents related to the president’s dealings with Ukraine. Separately, they instructed him to make five State Department officials available for depositions in the coming two weeks.

A failure to do so, the leaders of three House committees wrote jointly, would be construed as “evidence of obstruction of the House’s inquiry.”

House Democrats set a deadline of Oct. 4 for complying with the subpoena.

It was the first official action in the rapidly escalating impeachment investigation.

The officials that Democrats said must appear were Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador Kurt Volker, George Kent, T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, and Gordon Sondland.

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“This subpoena is being issued by the Committee on Foreign Affairs after consultation with the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Oversight and Reform. The subpoenaed documents shall be part of the impeachment inquiry and shared among the Committees,” the Democrats wrote.

“Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry,” the chairmen wrote.