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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

House Democrats are moving with speed and certainty as they barrel forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

In a new letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Democratic chairs of three committees focused on Trump’s pressuring of Ukraine announced that they are issuing a subpoena for his testimony. And they mean it, demanding his testify for them by Oct. 4, within a week.

The letter also includes a clear shot across the bow, signaling they’re prepared to take this fight seriously: “Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry.” It noted that Pompeo has failed to comply with previous requests for documents earlier in the month.

“Your actions are all the more troubling given that since our September 9 request, it has become clear that multiple State Department officials have direct knowledge of the subject matters of the House’s impeachment inquiry,” it said. In particular, it noted that Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, has revealed that he has communicated with the department as part of his effort to influence Ukraine on the president’s behalf.

“Your continued refusal to provide the requested documents not only prevents out Committees from fully investigating these matters, but impairs Congress’ ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities to protect our national security and the integrity of our democracy,” the letter concluded.

The letter was signed by House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chair Eliot Engel, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, and House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings.

Democrats have also set a scheduled a rapid set of depositions of key officials related to the scandal between Oct. 2 and 10:

IMAGE: House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA).

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) wants to make sure kids are taught to be patriotic in their schools. His new bill would strip federal funding from any school that does not force them to memorize his selected historical texts.

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