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White House tries to slow down push to impeach Trump

- Reuters letters@hindustant­imes.com

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s bitter fight against animpeachm­entinquiry has not slowed down the Democrats’ push to investigat­e whether he sought personal political gain by urging Ukraine to probe Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

But in a new tactic, the White House plans to argue that US House of Representa­tives Speaker Nancy Pelosi must have the full House vote to formally approve an impeachmen­t inquiry, a source familiar with the effort said.

Without a vote, White House lawyers believe Trump can ignore lawmakers’ requests, the source said, meaning the courts would have to render a decision and potentiall­y slow the march toward impeachmen­t.

AWhite House letter arguing Pelosi must hold a House vote could be sent to Capitol Hill as early as Friday, the source said. It comes as the Democratic-led House Intelligen­ce Committee plans to issue more subpoenas in the coming days as it pushes ahead with the investigat­ion.

Trump’s gambit is emerging at the end of a storm-tossed week for him as the US president lashed out at Democrats, reporters and anyone else standing in his way to air complaints that he was being unfairly accused and had done nothing wrong.

Democrats want to prove Trump sought personal political gain by appealing to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July 25 phone call to investigat­e Biden and his son Hunter, who earned money from a Ukrainian gas company.

Joe Biden, the former vicepresid­ent, leads in most opinion polls among the 19 Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to take on Trump in the November 2020 election.

In a new wrinkle, Trump said on Thursday that “China should start an investigat­ion into the Bidens” over Hunter Biden’s business ties to China.

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US President Donald Trump walks towards the White House on Thursday.

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