On Tuesday, the United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that the House of Representatives doesn’t plan at this time to hold a full vote to allow an impeachment probe into the US President Donald Trump, while the House of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has pointed to information gathering in witness testimony despite a “complete effort by the administration to stonewall” the investigation.
Ms. Pelosi said at a press release that “there is no requirement that we have a vote and so at this time we will not be having a vote.”
The White House has condemned the lack of such a vote and affirmed not to cooperate with what it describes as an “illegitimate” probe.
The probe is focused on the telephonic conversation in which the US President has pressurized Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to have officially probe Joe Biden and his businessman son, Hunter Biden, who had been on the board of an energy company.
49-year-old Hunter Biden has denied doing anything illegal and his father has also rejected President Trump’s allegations of corruption.
Democrats have alleged the US President of creating pressure on a vulnerable ally to dig up dirt on Joe Biden after withholds $391 million in the United States’ security aid amid to help combat Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has denied any wrongdoings and defended his request to Ukraine counterpart during the phone call, which provoked a formal whistleblower complaint by a person with the intelligent agency of the United States.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon has said that it was unable to share data with the House of Representative Committee following an impeachment probe of President Trump, referred to “Legal and practical concerns”.
The Pentagon has said in a letter that the House of Representatives didn’t have a resolution authorizing an impeachment probe, adding that it couldn’t produce data in the eight days it was provided to comply with the subpoena.