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Is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo committing obstruction?

News events are unfolding daily regarding President Donald Trump's now infamous call with Ukraine. In a press conference in early October, Rep. Adam Schiff emphasized that any efforts from the Trump administration to block witnesses from testifying before Congress would be considered obstruction of justice. Pompeo, on the other hand, wrote a letter to the House Democrats, saying its requests for testimony from State Department officials was an "act of intimidation." Is Pompeo obstructing justice by blocking testimony, or is the House not providing enough time for officials to adequately prepare?

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 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed during a news conference in Rome that he was on President Donald Trump's call with Ukraine. According to the Associated Press: 

Pompeo is under increasing scrutiny from House Democrats leading impeachment proceedings against Trump. On Tuesday, he pushed back on House demands for interviews with State Department officials about the administration’s dealings with Ukraine that are at the center of the inquiry.
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After House Democrats notified Pompeo that five State Department officials would be expected to appear for deposition the following week, the Secretary of State immediately pushed back. According to Vox's Jen Kirby, Pompeo wrote a "fiery" letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel, where he accused House Democrats of "intimidating" officials and failing to give the State Department appropriate time to respond to the House's request for testimony.

On Tuesday, Mr. Pompeo released a letter that excoriated House Democrats for demanding quick depositions of State Department officials involved in policy toward Ukraine, calling it an “act of intimidation” that did not allow his officials sufficient time to respond.

Kirby notes that Pompeo's response could be the first of many shots taken in a battle between Congress and the Trump administration over "documents and witness testimony as House Democrats pursue impeachment."

“Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State,” Pompeo added.
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In the day following Pompeo's letter, Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, commented during a press conference that efforts to delay testimony would be considered obstructions of justice, as they would "obstruct the lawful functions of Congress." Per Vice News' Cameron Joseph: 

“If they are going to prevent witnesses from coming forward from testifying… that will create an adverse inference that those allegations are in fact correct,” Schiff warned during a press conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Wednesday morning.

Schiff and Pelosi presented a united front, each emphasizing the dire nature of the whistleblower's report and the Constitutional duty of congress to investigate allegations in full. Schiff's message was clear: "We're not fooling around here."

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