House official says Trump's former Ukraine envoy will testify this week

Kurt Volker, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE's former special envoy for Ukraine, has confirmed he will appear at a deposition before Congress this Thursday, a House official said.

The House Intelligence Committee official also said that Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will appear for a deposition on Oct. 11. She was previously scheduled to appear this Wednesday.

The committee official confirmed that Volker’s appearance before three House committees would remain as scheduled after Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump hotel cancels Christian aid group's event to support the Kurds: report Pence on Syria: 'Our troops are coming home' House calls on Russia to release Paul Whelan or else provide evidence of wrongdoing MORE signaled Tuesday he would block current and former State Department officials from testifying before Congress as part of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, citing “significant legal and procedural concerns” raised by the requests.

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“Ambassador Volker has confirmed he will appear this Thursday. Ambassador Yovanovitch, who was previously scheduled for this Wednesday, will now be appearing on Oct. 11 with the agreement of both the Committees and counsel. The Committees will provide additional information in the coming days,” the committee official said.

The State Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

House Democrats have requested testimony from five current and former State Department officials in connection with the inquiry, which centers on a July 25 conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

During the call, Trump encouraged the foreign leader to open an investigation into unsubstantiated allegations against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment MORE, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

Pompeo responded to the request for testimony Tuesday, accusing Democrats of trying to “intimidate” and “bully” State Department officials. He raised legal concerns regarding the depositions, accusing the committee of not giving the department proper notification and refusing to allow State Department counsel to participate in the interviews.

“This amounts to an attempt to circumvent the Executive Branch’s unquestionably legitimate constitutional interest in protecting potentially privileged information related to the conduct of diplomatic relations,” Pompeo wrote.

“Therefore, the five officials subject to your letter may not attend any interview or deposition without counsel from the Executive Branch present to ensure that the Executive Branch’s constitutional authority to control the disclosure of confidential information, including deliberative matters and diplomatic communications, is not impaired,” Pompeo continued.

He asserted that the current deposition schedule was “not feasible.”

Legal experts say Pompeo would have little power to prevent the former officials from testifying now that they are private citizens.

It’s unclear whether the other officials will ultimately agree to testify.

Democratic chairmen Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDemocrats say they have game changer on impeachment Paul blocks vote on House-passed Syria resolution for second time Overnight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan MORE (N.Y.), Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe strange case of 'Dr. Trump' and 'Mr. Tweet' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching' House Republican: Schiff 'should not be leading this whole inquiry' MORE (Calif.) and Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBlack lawmakers condemn Trump's 'lynching' remarks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump's impeachment plea to Republicans Diplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe MORE (Md.) responded by accusing Pompeo of witness intimidation, suggesting he could be accused of obstructing the probe. The Democrats cited reports that Pompeo participated in the July call between Trump and Zelensky, saying that would make him a “fact witness.”

Democrats have also requested State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, State Department counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland appear for depositions.