Democrats have subpoenaed the White House following allegations of corruption and Ukraine and Russian involvement in the US election. Demcocrats are asking the White House to release a document relating to the call between Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, President Volodymyr Zelensky on 25 July. A whistleblower had earlier released a conversation between the US President and Mr. Zelensky. Democrats are therefore calling for the impeachment of Mr. Trump.
Trump has consistently denied any wrong doing. He accuses his political opponent of ‘witch hunt’. Some fans of Mr. Trump has defended his actions. One of his fans on twitter, Mr. James Bade has said that ‘Democrats loyalty to their party is being used against them by international powers they can not see to destroy the USA. ..its power is aided by the owners and editors of the media…its sad for our country that they can not see it.’
The house committees leading the investigation has given Mr. Trump up to Oct’ 18 to hand over the documents. This is to increase the pressure on the Whitehouse to hand in the documents necessary to begin the impeachment process of Mr. Trump.
In addition, the Vice-President is not left out in this impeachment inquiry. The democrats has also issued a separate request asking Mike Pence, to clarify “any role you may have played” in Mr Trump’s interactions with Ukraine.
According to the BBC “We deeply regret that President Trump has put us – and the nation – in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,” the Democrats wrote in a letter to the White House.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham sought to play down the subpoena, saying it “changes nothing”.
If Democrats manage to impeach Mr Trump – by way of a vote in the House of Representatives – a trial would be held in the Senate.
Senators would have to vote to convict Mr Trump by a two-thirds majority to remove him from office.
But that outcome is seen as unlikely given that the president’s fellow Republicans control the Senate.