October 8, 2019 / 12:24 PM / 8 days ago

Trump administration blocks U.S. diplomat from questioning by House Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration directed Gordon Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, not to appear for a scheduled deposition at the House of Representatives, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing two sources.

Sondland, who donated $1 million to the president’s inaugural committee, had been scheduled to meet behind closed doors Tuesday morning with staff for three House committees as part of their impeachment inquiry.

Reporting by Makini Brice and Susan Heavey; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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