What’s next in the Trump impeachment inquiry, and will Trump cooperate with it?

The House has begun a formal impeachment investigation of President Trump, but amid disagreements about witnesses and subpoenas, there's no clear indication of how long it will take.

House committees conducting the investigation have scheduled hearings and subpoenaed documents relating to the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Sept. 24
Announcement
Impeachment inquiry begins in House
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announces that House committees will begin an official impeachment inquiry. She does not call a House floor vote to begin the official inquiry, as had been done in the impeachment proceedings against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Read more
Sept. 25
Document release
Rough transcript released of presidential phone call regarding Ukraine
The White House releases a rough transcript memo of a phone call between President Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 that had been the subject of a complaint by a whistleblower in the intelligence community. Read more, View the document
Sept. 26
Document release
Whistleblower complaint released
The House Intelligence Committee releases an unclassified version of the whistleblower complaint that had been filed in August concerning President Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president and other activity involving Ukraine. Read more, View the document
Oct. 2
Closed-door Meeting
State Department inspector general meets with impeachment investigators
State Inspector General Steve Linick meets with impeachment investigators and provides documents pertaining to Ukraine. Read more

Providing records
Linick delivered a packet of documents that reportedly contained unsubstantiated accusations against former Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch. The origin of the documents was unclear. They had apparently been used to disseminate accusations against the ambassador. Read more
Oct. 3
Closed-door Deposition
Special envoy to Ukraine to be deposed
House impeachment investigators are scheduled to depose Kurt Volker, a former Trump administration envoy to Ukraine, on Oct. 3. The deposition was scheduled in a letter that three House committee chairmen issued on Sept. 27. Read more, View the document

Intends to appear
Committees aides say Volker intends to go ahead with his scheduled deposition, despite resistance by his former boss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the House's inquiry. Read more, View the document
Oct. 4
Document subpoena
Deadline given to Secretary of State Pompeo to hand over documents to congressional committees
The first subpoena of the House official impeachment inquiry concerning Ukraine was issued Sept. 27 to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with a deadline of Oct. 4 to produce the documents. The subpoena was issued by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Government Oversight committees and signed by the chairmen of the three committees. Read more, View the document

Missed deadline to deliver subpoenaed documents
At a news conference with the foreign minister of Greece, Pompeo said he had sent a letter to Capitol Hill as “our initial response to the document request. We’ll obviously do all the things we’re required to do by law.” His remarks came as Democratic-led House committees leading the impeachment investigation said that Pompeo failed to meet a Friday deadline to deliver subpoenaed State Department documents to them. “However, the State Department has contacted the committees on this matter, and we hope the Department will cooperate in full promptly,” a committee official said. Read more, View the document
Oct. 4
Closed-door Hearing
Intelligence inspector general to testify behind closed doors
Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing concerning his investigation of the whistleblower complaint lodged against Trump. After a preliminary review, Atkinson said that the complaint was “of urgent concern” and that it “appeared credible.” He previously testified to members of the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 19 behind closed doors.

Intends to testify
Atkinson discussed the complaint with the committee. "While we cannot get into the substance, we explored with [Atkinson] through documents and testimony the reasons why he found the whistleblower complaint to be both urgent and credible,” Schiff said in a statement. “Now that we have all seen the call record, we can see that the IG’s determination was correct in both respects.“ View the document
Oct. 7
Closed-door Deposition
State Department Europe expert to be deposed
House impeachment investigators are scheduled to depose Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent on Oct. 7. The deposition was scheduled in a letter sent by three House committee chairmen on Sept. 27. According to his State Department biography, Kent works on policy in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Read more, View the document

Blocked from testifying
Kent was not deposed. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the dates were not reasonable and that the deposition letter was an attempt to intimidate State Department employees. Read more, View the document
Oct. 8
Closed-door Deposition
Ambassador to the European Union to be deposed
House impeachment investigators are scheduled to depose Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, on Oct. 8. The deposition was initially scheduled for Oct. 10, but the date was thrown into question after Pompeo said it was unreasonable. Read more, View the document

Blocked from testifying
Sondland agreed to an Oct. 8 closed-door hearing, but the administration blocked his testimony hours before he was to appear. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously said that the deposition letter from Democrats was an attempt to intimidate State Department employees. Read more, View the document
Oct. 8
Closed-door Deposition
State Department counselor to be deposed
House impeachment investigators are scheduled to depose State Department counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl on Oct. 8. The deposition was scheduled in a letter that three House committee chairmen sent on Sept. 27. Read more, View the document

Blocked from testifying
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the dates were not reasonable and that the deposition letter was an attempt to intimidate State Department employees. Read more, View the document
Oct. 10
Closed-door Deposition
Giuliani associate Lev Parnas to be deposed
House Intelligence Committee staff members are scheduled to depose Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, on Oct. 10. He was also asked to hand over relevant documents by Oct. 7. The notice was issued Sept 30 by Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.). Read more, View the document

Called deadlines unreasonable, requested more time
In a letter to the House committees, Parnas's lawyer John Dowd called the timeline to testify and turn over documents “unreasonable.” Dowd also wrote that some of the requested information would be protected by attorney-client privilege but that he would produce non-privileged documents over time. Read more, View the document
Oct. 11
Closed-door Deposition
Former ambassador to Ukraine to be deposed
House impeachment investigators are scheduled to hold a closed-door deposition with Ambassador Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch, who was removed from Ukraine by the Trump administration. The deposition was originally scheduled for Oct. 2 in a letter that three House committee chairmen sent to the State Department on Sept. 27 but was rescheduled for Oct. 11. The day of the deposition Yovanovitch was told by State Department officials not to attend, so a subpoena was issued to compel her testify. Read more, View the document

Intends to testify
Yovanovitch's hearing was rescheduled from Oct.2 to Oct. 11, when she intends to appear before House impeachment investigators. The White House has said, however, that it may block her from testifying. Read more, View the document
Oct. 11
Closed-door Deposition
Giuliani associate Igor Fruman to be deposed
House Intelligence Committee staff members are scheduled to depose Igor Fruman, an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, on Oct. 11. He was also asked to hand over relevant documents by Oct. 7. The deposition was scheduled in a letter that Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) sent on Sept. 30. Read more, View the document

Called deadlines unreasonable, requested more time
In a letter to the House committees, Fruman's lawyer John Dowd called the timeline to testify and turn over documents “unreasonable.” Dowd also wrote that some of the requested information would be protected by attorney-client privilege but that he would produce non-privileged documents over time. Read more, View the document
Oct. 14
Closed-door Deposition
Giuliani associate Semyon Kislin to be deposed
House Intelligence Committee staff members are scheduled to depose Semyon “Sam” Kislin, an associate of Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, on Oct. 14. The deposition was scheduled in a letter that Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) sent on Sept. 30. Read more, View the document

Expected to testify
Kislin said he will testify, according to BuzzFeed. Read more
Oct. 14
Document subpoena
Deadline for Sondland documents
The House Intelligence Committee in coordination with other impeachment investigators subpoenaed Gordon Sondland to provide documents on Oct. 14 and appear for a deposition on Oct. 17. It was issued after Sondland was stopped by the White House from appearing at a voluntary deposition on Oct. 8. View the document

Agreed to testify, can't produce documents
Sondland's attorneys said he agreed to testify on Oct. 17 but he is not allowed to produce State Department documents without agency permission. The subpoena was issued after the White House said it would not cooperate with prior requests and subpoenas.
Oct. 14
Closed-door Deposition
Former Russia adviser to testify
Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council Russia adviser, is scheduled to be deposed behind closed doors. She was invited in a letter by impeachment investigator issued Oct. 9.

Expected to testify
Hill has indicated she intends to testify, according to multiple news organizations.
Oct. 15
Other
On Oct. 15, the House is back in session. That night, the Democratic presidential candidates will hold a debate.
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Oct. 15
Document request
Deadline for Giuliani to produce Ukraine documents
Rudolph W. Giuliani was ordered to provide extensive records about his work concerning Ukraine by Oct. 15. The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the records on Sept. 30. Read more, View the document

Won't cooperate
Giuliani said he will not testify or cooperate with House investigators.
Oct. 15
Document request
Deadline given to Vice President Pence to produce documents
The committees leading the inquiry sent a letter to the vice president on Oct. 4 asking for an expansive list of documents and communications to determine Pence’s knowledge of Trump's request to Zelensky for an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden. Pence's national security adviser was reportedly listening to Trump's July 25 call with Zelensky. Pence met with Zelensky in Poland in June and had a call with him in September. Read more, View the document

White House says no cooperation
White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to House leaders Oct. 8 saying the administration would not cooperate with requests. Previously, Pence spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement Oct. 4 that the request "does not appear to be a serious request but just another attempt by the Do Nothing Democrats to call attention to their partisan impeachment.” Read more, View the document
Oct. 15
Document subpoena
Deadline given to Defense Department to produce documents
Impeachment investigators demanded that the Pentagon hand over records by Oct. 15 detailing the delay in sending military aid to Ukraine. View the document

White House says no cooperation
White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to House leaders Oct. 8 saying the administration would not cooperate with requests. Read more, View the document
Oct. 15
Document subpoena
Deadline given to acting OMB director to produce documents
Impeachment investigators ordered Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, to hand over records and communication concerning the delay of military aid to Ukraine. View the document

White House says no cooperation
White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to House leaders Oct. 8 saying the administration would not cooperate with requests. Read more, View the document
Oct. 15
Closed-door Deposition
State Department Europe expert to be deposed
George P. Kent was blocked from his first scheduled deposition but has agreed to appear on Oct. 15.

Indicated he will testify
Although the State Department Europe expert did not appear at his first scheduled deposition, he has indicated he will testify.
Oct. 16
Document subpoena
Documents from Lev Parnas are sought
After Lev Parnas declined to attend a requested deposition and hand over documents, impeachment investigators sent him a formal subpoena for documents on Oct. 10. Parnas had been arrested a day earlier on a campaign finance charge. View the document

No response to latest demand
Parnas attorney John Dowd had told House investigators that his clients adopted the White House stance of refusing to cooperate, but investigators pointed out that his clients are not administration officials entitled to protections for the president's staff.
Oct. 16
Document subpoena
Document demand for Igor Fruman
After Igor Fruman declined to attend a requested deposition and hand over documents, impeachment investigators sent him a formal subpoena for documents on Oct. 10. Parnas had been arrested a day earlier on a campaign finance charge. View the document

No response to latest demand
Fruman attorney John Dowd had told House investigators that his clients adopted the White House stance of refusing to cooperate, but investigators pointed out that his clients are not administration officials entitled to protections for the president's staff.
Oct. 16
Closed-door Deposition
Former top Pompeo adviser to testify
Michael McKinley, former senior adviser to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has agreed to testify on Oct. 16. McKinley had resigned a week earlier.

Former adviser to testify
McKinley has agreed to testify
Oct. 17
Closed-door Deposition
Deposition of ambassador to European Union
The House Intelligence Committee, in coordination with other impeachment investigators, subpoenaed Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, to provide documents on Oct. 14. He will appear for a deposition on Oct. 17. It was issued after Sondland was stopped by the White House from appearing at a voluntary deposition on Oct. 8. View the document

Agreed to appear
Trump supporters encouraged the White House to have Sondland testify because they felt he would support the president's position on the discussions with Ukraine. Sondland's attorney said he would appear.
Oct. 17
Closed-door Deposition
State Department counselor to be deposed
House impeachment investigators are scheduled to depose State Department counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl on Oct. 17. Brechbuhl initially failed to appear for a scheduled deposition on Oct. 8 after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told investigators that State Department witnesses needed more time to prepare.

Expected to appear
Brechbuhl is expected to appear, an official working on the impeachment inquiry told The Post.
Oct. 18
Document subpoena
Deadline given in subpoena for White House to hand over documents
Chairmen of the House Oversight, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees issued a subpoena to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Oct. 4 for documents as part of the impeachment inquiry into Trump. The letter compels Mulvaney to produce the records by Oct. 18. Read more, View the document

White House says no cooperation
White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to House leaders Oct. 8 saying the administration would not cooperate with requests. Previously, Trump said, “We’ve been treated very unfairly, very different from anybody else.” Trump promised to spell out his complaints in a letter to Pelosi (D-Calif.), whom Republicans have increasingly accused of short-circuiting the formal impeachment process by not holding a vote on the House floor to launch an inquiry. Read more, View the document
Oct. 18
Closed-door Deposition
Pentagon official to testify
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper is expected to appear in closed session on Friday, the officials said. She works on Ukraine, Russia and Eurasia.

Officical to appear
Coopeer has agreed to appear.
Oct. 18
Document subpoena
Deadline for documents from Rick Perry
House impeachment investigators issued a subpoena to Energy Secretary Rick Perry for documents pertaining to his dealings with the Ukrainian president. Perry attended his inauguration in May in place of Pence and also attended a meeting between Pence and Zelensky in Poland in June. Perry has said he urged Trump to talk with Zelensky about natural gas issues. The subpoena was issued Oct. 10. View the document

No response to document request
Perry has not responded to the subpoena but the White House has said the administration will not cooperate with impeachment investigation subpoenas.
Feb. 3 2020
Other
The Iowa Caucus will be held on Feb. 3, 2020.
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Originally published Oct. 2, 2019.

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