Trump impeachment: White House blocks crucial witness from testifying to Congress

Donald Trump’s White House has blocked the US ambassador to the European Union from speaking to Congress after he was deposed by House committees investigating the president amid an impeachment inquiry.

Gordon Sondland reportedly did not appear for his closed-door meeting with Congress on Tuesday morning, as his attorney Robert Luskin said he had no choice following the White House orders.

Mr Sondland became enveloped in the president’s impeachment scandal after text messages and a whistleblower complaint revealed he was a witness to allegations against Mr Trump after his July phone call with Ukraine.

Mr Sondland donated $1m (£818,235) to Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign before he was appointed to the ambassador position he now serves in.

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