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 John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops 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 BoltonBolton says he would have personally briefed Trump on Russian bounties Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Mark Penn Judge temporarily blocks publication of Mary Trump book 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.

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 SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton 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.”