A federal judge announced Wednesday that he has given an order to the State Department to start releasing Ukraine documents within the next 30 days. This order will potentially reveal public sensitive records and communications to the U.S. all at the center of the continuing House impeachment inquiry. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper of Washington, D.C., appeared in a public records lawsuit filed Oct. 1. The watchdog group in May requested the State Department for records connected to alleged bids made by Trump and his administration to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son.
Bennie Thompson (D), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, addressed a letter to the Sergeant at Arms informing him of the incident on Wednesday. “As such, I am requesting you take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach. More broadly, I urge you to take House-wide action to remind all Members about the dangers of such reckless action and the potential national security risks of such behavior.”
Due to the sudden death of former House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, who passed away last week, the depositions have been moved to accommodate the honoring of Cummings.
One witness that was able to testify prior to the postponed investigation was William Taylor, the top American diplomat in Ukraine. He gave impeachment investigators corrupting details regarding Trump’s foreign dealings. On Tuesday, Taylor directly tied Trump for the first initial time to a quid pro quo with Ukraine. He presented House Democrats with more context of information, including other likely witnesses who could further confirm allegations Trump delayed foreign aid to press Ukraine to investigate his political opponents. Ted Lieu (D) of California said Republicans didn’t want to hear from Cooper because they were “freaked out” by what William Taylor told lawmakers. Taylor also reportedly warned he would resign if a “nightmare scenario” took place in which Trump continued to delay military aid even after coercing Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden.
As Republican lawmakers occupied the room, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) stated, “It appears that they’re refusing to leave.” Wasserman Schultz, who said Cooper was not present in the room when the Republicans trampled in, included that the impeachment investigation holds “far too much fact for their comfort level, so they have to try to stop it from moving forward.” However, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the Intelligence Committee who has authorization in the closed-door hearings, confirmed Republicans were not trying to stop the interview.
“We want to hear from this witness, but so do the other members of Congress,” Stewart declared. “This may be within House rules, that’s not the question. The question is, is it a good idea to try and impeach the president in secret hearings?” President Trump praised the GOP Lawmaker members who took a stand for what they believed in and showed his support for the movement through a tweet.
Despite President Trump’s slightly on the whim decisions to impose sanctions on Turkey, some Republicans are somewhat satisfied. The focus is to attempt to control the country’s military attack in northern Syria. However, in a bipartisan condemnation to President Donald Trump, the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution the 354-60 vote condemned his decision to pull United States troops out of Syria, abandoning the U.S. allies in the region as Turkish forces have moved in. The vote signaled the great disapproval amongst the majority of lawmakers for Trump’s newest questionable foreign policy move. It came as combat continued in northeastern Syria between Turkey and Kurdish soldiers, who have been a key U.S. ally in fighting the terror group ISIS. Some Republicans fear it will spur a reemergence of ISIS if this passes. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) were with those who argued that Trump’s acts were a sign of “betrayal” to the United States’ Kurdish allies when he made the decision last week.
Overall, parties need to stick together as a whole, and with this GOP Lawmakers walk-in, that is exactly what happened. When questioned whether or not Republicans will attempt to enter other closed-door hearings, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) response was simple. He advised the reporters that Republican GOP Lawmakers “will continue to fight to find information because we have a responsibility to our constituents, and we will not be denied that.”