Impeachment Lawsuit Challenging Congressional Subpoena Dismissed

ABC News reports that a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from an ex-White House official who had been subpoenaed to testify during the Trump Impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.

According the report:

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from a former White House official who had challenged a congressional subpoena in the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump.

Charles Kupperman, a former deputy national security adviser, sued in October after being subpoenaed by House Democrats to testify in their impeachment investigation into Trump’s interactions with Ukraine. He had asked a judge to decide whether he had to comply with that subpoena from Congress or with a conflicting directive from the White House that he not testify.

Both the House of Representatives, which withdrew the subpoena, and the Justice Department, which had said it would not prosecute Kupperman for failing to appear before Congress, had asked the court to dismiss the case as moot.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon agreed Monday in throwing out the case.

He noted that the House had not only withdrawn the subpoena for Kupperman but had also stated explicitly that it would not reissue one for him. The judge also pointed out that Democrats had not mentioned Kupperman by name in an impeachment article they approved this month that accused Trump of obstructing Congress and its investigation.

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