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 JeffriesLawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts On The Money: Fed chief warns Congress on deficits | Trump blames Powell after Dow dips slightly | Trump withdraws nomination of former US attorney for Treasury post Jeffries: Trump budget is a 'declaration of war on the American dream' 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) WallaceConway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape Candidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states Buttigieg: Electability argument will sway voters of color because 'we dare not get this wrong' MORE on "Fox News Sunday, referring to a White House memo of a call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.


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 BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' 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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