House Dems Take Aim at Pence Role in Ukraine Scandal as Impeachment Inquiry Continues

House Democrats on Friday issued a subpoena to Vice President Mike Pence for documents related to his involvement in the scandal over President Donald Trump’s pressuring of the Ukrainian government to investigate one of the president’s political opponents in order to access military aid. 

“Pence is neck-deep in this scandal,” tweeted writer Judd Legum.

The Democratic leaders of the House Oversight and Reform, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs Committees—Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Adam Schiff (Calif.), and Eliot Engel (N.Y.), respectively—made the demand in an official letter (pdf) Friday afternoon. 

By targeting Pence in the unfolding impeachment inquiry, House Democrats are opening a new front in the probe into whether the administration conditioned aid to the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Zelensky’s committing to investigate Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, the current frontrunner for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination. 

The committee chairmen made the demand of Pence to answer “questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the president’s stark message to the Ukrainian president” about conditioned aid.