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Judge schedules hearing for ex-Trump aide who refused to appear in inquiry

Judge schedules hearing for ex-Trump aide who refused to appear in inquiry
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A judge scheduled a Thursday hearing for a former aide to President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE who refused to appear for his deposition Monday in the House's impeachment inquiry, The Washington Post reported.

Charles Kupperman, a former deputy to former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: report Key impeachment figure Pence sticks to sidelines Bolton lawyer: Trump impeachment trial is constitutional MORE, refused to comply with his subpoena to testify Monday. Kupperman was a witness to the July 25 phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president that sparked the impeachment inquiry.

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Kupperman had filed a lawsuit Friday asking a federal judge whether he should comply with the House’s subpoena or listen to the White House, who requested he not testify. He did not testify after no decision was made Monday morning. 

D.C. District Judge Richard J. Leon, a President George W. Bush appointee, scheduled the hearing for 3 p.m. because of “the time-sensitive nature of the issues raised in this case,” the Post reported.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBiden administration open to restarting nuclear talks with Iran Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward House Democrats renew push for checks on presidential pardons MORE (D-Calif.) had said earlier Monday that Kupperman had “no basis in law” to not show at the impeachment hearing and threatened to charge him with contempt of court. 

House Democrats announced later Monday that they will schedule a vote on Thursday on the impeachment inquiry to “ensure transparency and provide a clear path forward.”