Top Democrat: White House defiance of subpoenas could lead to further charges but 'we're going to remain focused on the abuse of power'

Top Democrat: White House defiance of subpoenas could lead to further charges but 'we're going to remain focused on the abuse of power'
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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHouse Democrat's Halloween display mourns passed bills that die in McConnell's 'legislative graveyard' Democrats unveil impeachment procedures Top Trump administration officials hail al-Baghdadi raid but stress need for resolve in fighting ISIS MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that House impeachment proceedings could incorporate potential White House defiance of subpoenas.

“We’re going to remain focused on the abuse of power. There's  evidence that is hiding in plain sight of that fact, including the rough transcript” told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Taylor testimony 'very damaging to President Trump' Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Intelligence panel Democrat: 'I think we will end up calling' some witnesses on GOP list MORE on "Fox News Sunday, referring to a White House memo of a call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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However, he added, “to the extent that there is continued obstruction, to the extent that there is a continued coverup, that could provide potential grounds for an obstruction of Congress charge.”

"We hope that the administration will cooperate, that certainly hasn’t been the case up to date,” Jeffries said, adding that “there is some reason to believe that moving forward, given the seriousness of this allegation, that there will be some cooperation from Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo.”

Wallace also questioned Jeffries on characterizations of the call involving “pressure” by Trump to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE’s son, noting that Zelenskiy said he was not pressured.

“He can say that nobody pushed him but understand that the United States is the most powerful country on earth … When the president of the United States withholds military aid that had been duly authorized by Congress and then on the July 25 phone call says 'do us a favor' -- four words, Chris that will likely live in infamy.... That is what you call a high-pressure tactic and of course the Ukrainian president got the message,” Jeffries responded.

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