Judge Schedules Hearing with Former Trump Aide Who Refused to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry

A former aide to President Donald Trump was scheduled to appear for a hearing on Thursday, after he refused to show up to a testimonial on Monday House’s impeachment inquiry, The Washington Post reported.

Charles Kupperman, a former deputy national security adviser, who was a witness to the July 25 phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president that sparked the impeachment inquiry, did not comply after being subpoenaed on Monday.

The former deputy had filed a lawsuit Friday asking a federal judge about whether he should comply with the House’s subpoena or listen to the White House, who requested he not testify. He did not testify after no decision was made Monday morning, The Hill reported.

D.C. District Judge Richard J. Leon, a President George W. Bush appointee, scheduled the hearing for 3 p.m. because of “the time-sensitive nature of the issues raised in this case,” The Post reported.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) had said earlier Monday that Kupperman had “no basis in law” to not show at the impeachment hearing and threatened to charge him with contempt of court. 

House Democrats announced later Monday that they will schedule a vote on Thursday on the impeachment inquiry to “ensure transparency and provide a clear path forward.” 

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