Former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman will not appear monday for his scheduled deposition before three House congressional committees as part of the impeachment inquiry.
The whitehouse is attempting to block his appearance. Kupperman also filed a lawsuit friday asking a federal judge wether he has to testify due to the congressional subpoen.
Three Democratic committee chairmen said Kupperman was trying to delay the deposition.
“Dr. Kupperman’s lawsuit – lacking in legal merit and apparently coordinated with the White House – is an obvious and desperate tactic by the President to delay and obstruct the lawful constitutional functions of Congress and conceal evidence about his conduct from the impeachment inquiry,” said Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Adam Schiff (D-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said if Kupperman doesn’t cooperate with the subpoena, it will give greater weight to the obstruction case against the president.