Legal counsel for Vice President Mike Pence have denied a request from House Dems to release the details of a classified phone call from September 18th between Pence and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky citing the reason as it “serves no purpose.”
Several news sites have copies of a letter from Pence’s lawyer, Matthew Morgan, who told House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s involvement with Ukraine has concluded, therefore leaving no reason to release the confidential information about the call.
Morgan said, “At this point, the Intelligence Committee’s oversight authority is limited to those areas in which it may potentially legislate or appropriate.”
When Jennifer Williams, a national security aide to Vice President Pence, submitted new classified evidence to impeachment investigators about Pence’s call with Zelensky, Schiff made his move to request that the details of the call be released.
Days after Williams publicly testified about the call, she submitted the new classified supplemental material.
The November 26 filing contained classified information which Schiff then asked to be released, saying there was “no legitimate basis” to keep it private.
Pence, however, has refused to give over any information, taking Trump’s stance in stonewalling.
Multiple witnesses gave sworn testimony that Pence was directly involved with Trump’s plan to coax Ukraine to say they were investigating former VP and 2020 hopeful Joe Biden.
In Morgan’s letter to Schiff, he said, “While the contents of a classified call with a foreign head of state should never have been discussed in an unclassified Committee hearing or an unclassified deposition, it is clear from public testimony that the Vice President never raised the Bidens, Burisma, or Crowdstrike in his conversation with President Zelensky.”
Trump is currently amid an impeachment inquiry over accusations that he tried to coerce Ukraine into aiding him in the 2020 election and that he obstructed the congressional inquiry.