News

White House

Cummings Threatens White House with Subpoena for Ukraine Documents

Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) issued a memo on Wednesday threatening to subpoena the White House Friday if the Trump Administration does not comply with requests for documents pertinent to the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions.

“I do not take this step lightly,” Cummings wrote. “Over the past several weeks, the committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with — or even respond to — the committees.”

The move comes as Representative Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) will take part in House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s weekly Wednesday morning press conference. In the afternoon, Steve Linick, the State Department’s inspector general, is expected to give an “urgent” brief to congressional staffers from several committees about documents obtained from the department’s Office of the Legal Adviser related to the State Department and Ukraine, per ABC News.

Two subpoenas have already been issued by the House: one to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which Pompeo has vowed to fight, and one to Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Most Popular

White House

More Evidence the Guardrails Are Gone

At the end of last month, just as the news of the Ukraine scandal started dominating the news cycle, I argued that we're seeing evidence that the guardrails that staff had placed around Donald Trump's worst instincts were in the process of breaking down. When Trump's staff was at its best, it was possible to draw ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest

If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a story-telling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires. Don’t cite statistics. No one can remember statistics. Make it human. Make it relatable. ... Read More
National Review

Farewell

Today is my last day at National Review. It's an incredibly bittersweet moment. While I've only worked full-time since May, 2015, I've contributed posts and pieces for over fifteen years. NR was the first national platform to publish my work, and now -- thousands of posts and more than a million words later -- I ... Read More
Economy & Business

Andrew Yang, Snake Oil Salesman

Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur and gadfly, has definitely cleared the bar for a successful cause candidate. Not only has he exceeded expectations for his polling and fundraising, not only has he developed a cult following, not only has he got people talking about his signature idea, the universal basic ... Read More
World

Is America Becoming Sinicized?

A little over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy of Mao Zedong, who died in 1976. The results of Deng’s revolution astonished the world. In four decades, ... Read More