House panel subpoenas White House for Ukraine documents

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 04: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses an event for the Young Black Leadership Summit in the East Room of the White House October 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. Organized by the conservative nonprofit political group Turning Points USA, the summit bills itself as a professional development, leadership training and networking opportunity. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — A House committee has sent a subpoena to the White House demanding documents that could provide details on President Donald Trump’s effort to push Ukraine to produce information that could damage Joe Biden’s presidential run.

The subpoena was issued by the House Oversight and Reform Committee as part of Democrats’ impeachment investigation of Trump.

Trump has resisted Democratic attempts to produce documents and administration witnesses for the impeachment inquiry.

The subpoena seems likely to escalate the clash between the two branches of government.

Panel Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings had threatened the subpoena Wednesday, after the White House ignored two letters in September seeking the documents.

Trump was withholding military aid to Ukraine when he used a July phone call to ask its president to investigate Biden for corruption, an unfounded allegation.

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