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The White House blocked the U.S. ambassador to the European Union from speaking with House investigators.
The Trump administration directed Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, from speaking with investigators for three House committees.
The decision to block Mr. Sondland, a top American diplomat involved in its pressure campaign on Ukraine, hours before he was scheduled to sit for a deposition in the basement of the Capitol, is certain to provoke an immediate conflict. House Democrats have repeatedly warned that if the administration tries to interfere with their investigation, it will be construed as obstruction, a charge they see as potentially worthy of impeachment.
In making the decision, the Trump administration appears to be calculating that it is better off risking the House’s ire than letting Mr. Sondland show up and set a precedent for cooperation with an inquiry they have strenuously argued is illegitimate.
On Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump attacked the impeachment inquiry.
Representative Adam B. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, making a statement to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times
Giuliani gets a Senate microphone for his Ukraine theories.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a staunch ally of President Trump, said Tuesday he will invite Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, to lay out his Ukraine theories before the committee.
Mr. Giuliani has led the push to enlist the Ukranians to help investigate the business dealings of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son and has embraced a conspiracy theory that Ukraine — not Russia — meddled in the 2016 election. Mr. Trump picked up on that theory in his now-infamous call to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in July when he asked about a “server” that could be in Ukraine.
The hearing promises to be something of a counterweight to the House impeachment inquiry.
“Given the House of Representatives’ behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine,” Mr. Graham said.
With Democrats on the panel, the gambit might not be a slam dunk. Mr. Graham promised, “I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns,” to which Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, responded, “Good. I have questions.”
Rick Perry gets roped into the Ukraine matter.
When Energy Secretary Rick Perry led an American delegation to the inauguration of Ukraine’s new president in May, he took the opportunity to suggest the names of Americans the new Ukrainian government might want to advise and oversee the country’s state-owned gas company.
Mr. Perry’s focus during the trip on Ukraine’s energy industry was in keeping with a push he had begun months earlier under the previous Ukrainian president, and it was consistent with United States policy of promoting anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine and greater energy independence from Russia.
But his actions during the trip have entangled him in a controversy about the pressure campaign waged by President Trump and his allies to pressure the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate Mr. Trump’s rivals.
Mr. Perry’s trip raised questions about whether he was seeking to provide help to certain Americans interested in gaining a foothold in the Ukrainian energy business at a time when the new Ukrainian government was looking to the United States for signals of support in its simmering conflict with Russia.
— Kenneth P. Vogel, Matina Stevis-Gridneff and Andrew E. Kramer
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