Charles Kupperman, former deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump, filed a lawsuit on Friday asking a federal judge to determine whether he should testify in the political trial investigation conducted by the House of Representatives.
The result could affect the ability of other witnesses who worked closely with the president to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. The lawsuit was first published by The New York Times this Friday.
Kupperman is scheduled to testify on Monday. The interview would bring the investigation into the orbit of John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser.RELATED
The House of Representatives Democrats are conducting a political trial investigation that focuses on the alleged pressure on the President of Ukraine to announce investigations into what has been called a conspiracy theory in the 2016 presidential elections, as well like about former vice president Joe Biden and his son.
Critics say that amounts to an abuse of power by the president for personal political gain. Kupperman alleges in the lawsuit that White House lawyers told him not to appear on Monday.
The lawsuit adds that the White House lawyer informed Kupperman's lawyer that "to protect the prerogatives of the president’s office today and in the future, and in response to his request, the president orders Mr. Kupperman not to appear in the scheduled schedule of the Committee at the hearing on Monday, October 28, 2019 ".
Kupperman affirms in the lawsuit that he is not sure if the citation issued by the House forces him to appear and that "he is bound by his oath to comply with the legal constitutional mandates of both the president and the House of Representatives." "The plaintiff cannot satisfy the orders of the Defendants of the House of Representatives, on the one hand, and of President Trump, on the other," he says in the text.
Last Friday, a federal judge determined that the political trial investigation is valid, despite the arguments of the president and his allies that a full House vote was necessary to begin the process.
"Even in cases of presidential impeachment, a House resolution has never been required to begin a recall investigation," wrote Judge Beryl Howell, chief judge of the Washington District Court, D.C.
The White House attorney's office has refused to cooperate with the investigation, arguing that it is illegitimate because the Chamber did not hold a formal vote to declare it.
Howell in Friday's ruling also ordered the Department of Justice to deliver the material of the grand jury referred to in drafted parts of the report by special lawyer Robert Mueller to the Judicial Committee of the Chamber. The Department of Justice is expected to appeal.
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