As part of their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, House Democrats have asked U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to turn over a host of documents by Oct. 15, 2019. The Washington Post reported that Trump used Pence in his attempt to pressure Zelensky to investigate Biden. CNN on the other hand recently reported that Pence was given a transcript of the call. USA Today reported that “Democrats requested documents relating to the call and to some other events, including Pence’s meeting with Zelensky in September when he substituted for Trump on a trip to Poland.”
The chairmen of the House committees leading the investigation specifically indicated in their letter to Pence that failure to comply with the three-page document request will be evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry which may be used as an adverse inference against Pence and the president.
Meanwhile, the White House has indicated it will not cooperate with any document requests unless the full House votes to authorize the impeachment inquiry. The House Speaker, Pelosi, on the other hand, has indicated that the House does not need any vote to investigate any matter within its jurisdiction.
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In the meantime, Trump has released the military aid which he initially withheld from getting to Ukraine. Democrats view the military assistance as a form of Quid Pro Quo from Trump to Ukraine while investigating Biden and his son was the Quid Pro Quo from Ukrain to Trump.