Well, that’s certainly an escalation.
Hopefully, the Sergeant at Arms has been hitting the gym. That mace is heavy.
Edit: Dems didn’t issue subpoenas to these five State Department officials. Upon more reporting, it looks as though they simply “scheduled” these depositions with State’s consent. State has now withdrawn this consent.
(For clarification, the House did in fact subpoena Pompeo himself and documents from Pompeo. But not these five officials.)
Edit: The House has responded.
“Secretary Pompeo was reportedly on the call when the President pressed Ukraine to smear his political opponent. If true, Secretary Pompeo is now a fact witness in the House impeachment inquiry. He should immediately cease intimidating Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the President.
“Any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress—including State Department employees—is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry. In response, Congress may infer from this obstruction that any withheld documents and testimony would reveal information that corroborates the whistleblower complaint.
“The Committees are operating pursuant to our long-established authorities as well as the impeachment inquiry. We’re committed to protecting witnesses from harassment and intimidation, and we expect their full compliance and that of the Department of State.”
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