Live updates: Trump says he will ‘strongly consider’ testifying in writing in impeachment probe – The Washington Post, Google News

President Trump said Monday that he will “strongly consider” testifying in writing as part of the impeachment inquiry at the outset of a week in which eight current and former officials are scheduled to publicly testify about his controversial actions regarding Ukraine.

In morning tweets, Trump said he might take up House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on a suggestion she made over the weekend. Trump also claimed the rules of the inquiry had been “rigged” by Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), Who has summoned four witnesses to appear before his panel on Tuesday alone.

● Democrats are seeking to prove that Trump leveraged military assistance and an Oval Office meeting in exchange for investigations of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and a debunked theory concerning purported Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

● A former White House national security official told House investigators that Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, wasacting at Trump’s behest.

Democrats express skepticism about Trump testimony

Congressional Democrats reacted to Trump’s statement that he will consider testifying in the impeachment inquiry with skepticism and calls for more cooperation from the White House .

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) Said in a tweet that the president should testify and allow the testimony of other officials, claiming Trump was engaged in an “illegal coverup.”

“He should allow Rick Perry and John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani to testify, ”Beyer tweeted, referring to the energy secretary and former national security adviser. “He should turn over the documents Congress subpoenaed. He should end his illegal coverup. I’m not holding my breath. ”

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) Also expressed doubt that Trump would come through with testimony.

“I’m sure we can expect this testimony along with your plan to provide coverage for preexisting conditions , your gun violence legislation, and your tax returns, all of which you promised would be coming ‘soon,’ ”she wrote.

ByBrittany Shammas

November 18, 2019 at 8: 45 AM EST

Mueller grand-jury material urgently needed for impeachment inquiry, Congress tells court

A federal appeals court in Washington on Monday is set to consider whether the Justice Department must immediately release to Congress secret grand-jury materials from former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.

The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is due to review a lower-court ruling that requires disclosure of evidence the House Judiciary Committee says it needs in its “urgent efforts” to determine whether Trump committed impeachable offenses.

Last month, Judge Beryl A. Howell, chief of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, found that the House was legally engaged in a judicial process that exempts Congress from grand-jury secrecy rules.

The case is one of several separation-of- powers battles teed up for the Supreme Court. Trump’s private lawyers last week asked the high court to block a subpoena for his tax records from New York prosecutors and to stop a separate House subpoena for his personal and business records.

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