Here some of the top stories making headlines in conservative politics today:
Trump admin orders witness not to speak at impeachment inquiry; Trump wins delay over producing tax returns in NY; Trump job approval rating highest of the year in latest poll; Schiff says blocking ambassador from appearing “strong evidence of obstruction.”
Trump-Ukraine Witness Ordered Not to Appear in Impeachment Inquiry
A witness who is a top diplomat in the Trump-Ukraine inquiry has been ordered this week not to appear and speak at a scheduled deposition with House Democrats who are conducting an impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, according to two people briefed on the matter. This was first reported by the New York Times.
Reportedly, the Trump administration directed Gordon D Sonland, who is the United States ambassador to the European Union, not to appear and speak to investigators.
Democrats in the House have repeatedly warned the Trump administration that if it tries to interfere with their investigation, they will consider it obstruction, which is a charge they see worthy of impeachment.
Schiff Says Blocking Ambassador Deposition “strong evidence of obstruction”
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the Trump Administration’s and State Department’s blocking of US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland from appearing at a deposition on Tuesday is “strong evidence of obstruction” for Democrat’s impeachment investigation.
“The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress,” Schiff told reporters.
Trump Wins Court Delay Over Producing His Tax Returns in New York
President Donald Trump was granted a last-minute reprieve in delivering his tax records to New York prosecutors.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday granted a stay.
Next, a panel of appellate judges will hear the case on an expedited basis and then issue a ruling.
Trump HIghest Job Approval Rating of the Year in Latest Poll
In a Hill-Harris poll released on October 2, President Donald Trump reached his highest job approval rating numbers of the year, scoring 49 percent, as well as his lowest disapproval rating at 51 percent.
The poll was taken on September 28 and 29, less than a week after the formal impeachment inquiry was launched by the Democrats.