House Subpoenas White House Budget Office and Pentagon

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We ran the numbers: There are 2122 news articles covering this topic. 53% (1116) are left leaning, 33% (701) center, 14% (305) right leaning.

As it continues its attempts to investigate President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the House of Representatives has issued subpoenas to the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget in an attempt to determine whether Trump’s decision to withhold aid from Ukraine was related to his request that the country investigate Joe Biden. Meanwhile, President Trump called for the impeachment of congresspeople Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff for their work in the impeachment inquiry, which is the focus of many right-leaning articles, while eft-leaning sources tend to focus on Democrats’ process for investigating Trump and centrist articles consider what the new subpoenas may reveal.

A right-leaning Fox News article focuses on a tweet from Trump on Sunday saying that Pelosi and Schiff should be impeached over their handling of the whistleblower investigation. The president wrote that the officials handling of the investigation “makes Nervous Nancy every bit as guilty as Liddle’ Adam Schiff for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, even Treason. I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly “colluded” with them, must all be immediately impeached!” The article notes that the Constitution allows the House and Senate to set their own rules on holding elected officials accountable and that no lawmaker can be “impeached.”

A left-leaning article from the New York Times emphasizes that the subpoenas are the next step in the fast-moving impeachment inquiry that is likely to result in an impeachment vote in the House. Two senior American diplomats with knowledge of the situation are scheduled to speak with Congress this week, and lawmakers are in the process of negotiating a closed-door meeting with the whistleblower themself. The article reads “As the subpoenas stack up, the impeachment inquiry is gaining steam less than three weeks after House leaders opened it.”

Centrist coverage from NPR summarizes what we know so far about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and outlines the many subpoenas that have been issued in the investigation so far, including to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The article notes that Democrats are hoping to use the Defense Department budget to determine whether Trump’s request for assistance from Ukraine was tied to his withholding of military aid in a quid pro quo. The article adds that the House committee chairmen “reiterated a threat to other subpoena recipients in recent days that failing to comply with their demands would be used as evidence of obstruction in potentially writing articles of impeachment.”


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