News

White House

Judge Sets Accelerated Schedule for Case on White House Order Blocking Testimony of Impeachment Witness

(Pixabay)

A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Thursday set an accelerated schedule for a case that will decide whether a key impeachment witness must testify after he refused to do so earlier this week, citing a White House order saying he was immune from a congressional subpoena.

Judge Richard Leon, a George W. Bush appointee, decided that the testimony of Charles Kupperman, who was deputy to former national security adviser John Bolton, is a “matter of great public interest and a matter of great urgency for the country.”

Oral arguments for the case are set to begin on December 10.

Kupperman listened to President Trump’s controversial phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, which has become the crux of House Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry against Trump. During the call, Trump asked the Ukrainian president to help the U.S. investigate allegations that Biden used his position as vice president to help Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings avoid a corruption probe soon after his son, Hunter Biden, was appointed to its board of directors.

Kupperman was scheduled to testify Monday before House lawmakers but did not show up, instead filing a lawsuit to resolve the conflict between the October 25 congressional subpoena from Democrats requiring his testimony and the White House order to defy it.

Kupperman’s lawyer said he is caught in a “classic Catch-22” between the executive and legislative branches of government. Besides its impeachment implications, the case is also significant in that it deals with fundamental separation of powers issues.

“Absent a definitive judgment from the Judicial Branch,” Kupperman’s attorneys stated in the lawsuit, “Plaintiff will effectively be forced to adjudicate the constitutional dispute himself, and if he judges wrongly, he will inflict grave constitutional injury on either the House or the President.”

The judge set a November 14 deadline for the government attorneys to file briefings and set Kupperman’s deadline for two weeks later.

Leon also rejected an attempt by one of the Justice Department lawyers to extend his deadline to respond to Kupperman’s lawsuit due to the holidays.

“When it’s a matter of this consequence to this country, you roll up your sleeves and get the job done,” Leon told the attorney.

Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Most Popular

Immigration

Going after the Employers of Illegal Aliens

One year ago, ICE raided multiple chicken plants in Mississippi, arresting hundreds of illegal aliens. Dozens of them have been convicted of various federal crimes, such as identity theft and document fraud. But what about their employers? Simply arresting a bunch of illegals, and leaving it at that, is both ... Read More
Immigration

Going after the Employers of Illegal Aliens

One year ago, ICE raided multiple chicken plants in Mississippi, arresting hundreds of illegal aliens. Dozens of them have been convicted of various federal crimes, such as identity theft and document fraud. But what about their employers? Simply arresting a bunch of illegals, and leaving it at that, is both ... Read More
White House

An Abuse of Presidential Authority

President Trump is abusing his authority, just as his predecessor Barack Obama abused his. Two executive actions he took in the name of COVID relief over the weekend are attempts to legislate without the legislature. Trump has for months sought a payroll-tax holiday but encountered bipartisan resistance to the ... Read More
White House

An Abuse of Presidential Authority

President Trump is abusing his authority, just as his predecessor Barack Obama abused his. Two executive actions he took in the name of COVID relief over the weekend are attempts to legislate without the legislature. Trump has for months sought a payroll-tax holiday but encountered bipartisan resistance to the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

America, You’re Doing Okay: A Pep Talk

On the menu today: Some really intriguing new research on why so many people are asymptomatic with the coronavirus, and a theory that masks are effective in part because they aren’t 100 percent effective; a pep talk for everyone in America who’s trying to get a handle on their anxiety, stress, and gloom right ... Read More
Politics & Policy

America, You’re Doing Okay: A Pep Talk

On the menu today: Some really intriguing new research on why so many people are asymptomatic with the coronavirus, and a theory that masks are effective in part because they aren’t 100 percent effective; a pep talk for everyone in America who’s trying to get a handle on their anxiety, stress, and gloom right ... Read More
Immigration

Did the DACA Ruling Bury Constitutionalism?

In reacting to President Trump's recent executive orders, Jim Geraghty asks “Do Americans Even Care If There's a Constitution?" He reluctantly suggests that the answer is “no.” This didn't happen all at once -- Woodrow Wilson was probably the first notable to explicitly express the progressive ... Read More
Immigration

Did the DACA Ruling Bury Constitutionalism?

In reacting to President Trump's recent executive orders, Jim Geraghty asks “Do Americans Even Care If There's a Constitution?" He reluctantly suggests that the answer is “no.” This didn't happen all at once -- Woodrow Wilson was probably the first notable to explicitly express the progressive ... Read More