It’s getting down and dirty in Washington over the Ukraine issue. In a nutshell, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the EU was blocked from testifying before Congress by the Trump administration, at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, mere hours before he was to appear on Capitol Hill. This is not normal. So now, the chairs of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees have announced their intention to subpoena Sondland — and the State Department’s move will be considered evidence of obstruction of justice. This is getting fierce. Axios:
The big picture: The chairs said in a statement that the State Department’s decision to stop Sondland from testifying will be considered evidence of obstruction in their impeachment inquiry. They added that the State Department is withholding relevant messages from Sondland’s personal device about the Trump administration’s interactions with the Ukrainian government.