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U.S. lawmaker threatens to subpoena White House over Ukraine documents

FILE PHOTO: House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) addresses a National Press Club luncheon on his "committee's investigations into President Donald Trump and his administration," in Washington, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of a congressional panel helping to spearhead an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he plans to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents relating to the administration’s contacts with Ukraine.

“The White House’s flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents — combined with stark and urgent warnings from the Inspector General about the gravity of these allegations — have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,” House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote in a memorandum to committee members.

Reporting by Makini Brice and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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