Pence's office denies Schiff request to declassify call with Ukrainian leader
Added 12-12-19 12:58:02am EST - “Vice President Pence's counsel refused to release further information on the vice president's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to a letter obtained by The Hill.” - Thehill.com
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Vice President Pence's counsel refused to release further information on the vice president's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to a letter obtained by The Hill.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump rails against FBI, impeachment during Pennsylvania rally Democrats reach cusp of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) requested last week that Pence declassify the contents of his Sept. 18 call with Zelensky. Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer and Pence staffer, testified about the call last month, but later told lawmakers that the specific details of the conversation were classified.
Pence's office denied that the vice president discussed any of the investigations at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE's dealings with Ukraine. House lawmakers have alleged in the impeachment inquiry that the president withheld millions in military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure Kyiv into launching investigations that would benefit him politically.
"While the contents of a classified call with a foreign head of state should never have been discussed in an unclassified Committee hearing or an unclassified deposition, it is clear from public testimony that the Vice President never raised the Bidens, Burisma, or Crowdstrike in his conversation with President Zelensky," Pence's office said in the letter, signed by Matthew Morgan, counsel to the vice president.
"As you well know, a witness answered your direct question that the Vice President never raised those investigations," the letter continues. "As such, the request to declassify and release another world leader transcript serves no purpose."
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