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The changing nature work fine hello Monday with Jesse hampel on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen house Democrats have told the trump administration shen subpoenas are coming. That's right and the president for his part has continued to lash out as Congress moves forward with its impeachment inquiry I president trump targeted house intelligence eligible committee chairman Adam Schiff by accusing him of treason and then trump took to twitter where he broadened his focus to the Democratic Party. He tweeted that they want to quote steal deal the election. All the while these subpoenas of administration officials are mounting in the first deposition of one of those officials will take place later today. NPR National Political correspondent correspondent Mara Liasson is on the Line Good Morning Good Morning Noel so this story is moving really quickly at points in fits and starts but where do things stand right now with the white ask Congress the White House and Congress are in this epic battle over impeachment yesterday. Both sides were trying to convince the public that they are doing the right thing in the House the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff held a press conference. They wanted to prove that they could walk and Chew Gum at the same time. Nancy Pelosi talked about that the house was getting to yes on the US MCAA. That's the updated Nafta Trade Agreement. She talked about the bill. The House passed in May to reduce drug prices that she wants the Senate and the president to take a look at but they were both very tough about warning the White House what would happen if the White House refused to cooperate operate with their requests for witnesses and documents in the impeachment inquiry. Here's what Adam Schiff had to say. We are concerned that the White House will attempt to stonewall on wall are investigation much as they have stonewalled the other committees in the past It's why I say the White House needs to understand that any action like that that forces us to litigate or have to consider litigation will be considered further evidence of obstruction of justice okay so that is Adam Schiff talking tough president trump is aggrieved. He made that really clear yesterday. He talked about a coup on twitter. He cussed on twitter east his behavior behavior helping shift opinion on whether or not he did something wrong that is not clear yet so far. The polls have shown a little uptick in the support for worthy impeachment inquiry. I wouldn't call it a groundswell yet yesterday. Donald Trump turn to his standard operating procedure whenever he's imperilled only this one was a little higher octane. He said the press was corrupt. As you said he accused the Democrats investigating him of treason that's a capital crime punishable by death. He said Joe Biden was stone-cold crooked. He even suggested that he might bring a major lawsuit to respond to the Muller investigation. That's a little unclear how that would work and the irony is that that this is all a self inflicted wound. He's the one who decided to release the transcript of the call with the president of Ukraine which has fueled the fire of the impeachment inquiry and and instead of just pocketing the victory that Bob Muller gave him and moving on he has obsessively pursued this investigation of the investigators trying trying to prove that the muller probe was a partisan witch hunt and that even his own intelligence and law enforcement community was wrong about Russian involvement in two thousand sixteen gene so he is fueling this fire I mean and at this point Congress looks likely to keep requesting documents and witnesses president trump did say yesterday that he's going to cooperate great. This is a fraudulent crime on the American people but we'll work together. We're shifty shifty Pelosi and all of them and we'll see what happens I mean if we look at how the President has acted in the past does that seem likely cooperation will the president has always tried to appear to be cooperative and fearless like he has nothing to hide and then in the end he doesn't produce information and his White House pretty much has stonewalled Congress in other investigations but on this one they have been turning over documents since they didn't fight to keep the whistle blower complaints secret they did something unprecedented when they release the transcript usually president and foreign leaders conversations are not released to the public doc and that might make it harder for them to withhold other pieces of information and documents that Congress is requesting. NPR's Mara Liasson. Thanks so much all right. The next next move in the inquiry is a closed deposition later today. The man being deposed the diplomat named Kurt Volker Volcker was the US special envoy to Ukraine until hill he resigned last week that was after the whistle blower complaint named him alleging that he connected trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukrainian officials volker is GonNa be the first official to testify on the whistle blower charges fueling the impeachment probe. He'll appear in front of three congressional committees. NPR's Michelle Kellerman has been following all of this and Michelle before we get to who Kurt Volker is I wanNA follow up on something we talked about yesterday. The State Department's Inspector General Plan to hand over some documents to Congress he did did but it was not really what anyone expected. Can you explain what happened there yeah what what they were shown was a a package of documents containing what some described as debunked bunked conspiracy theories about the former. US Ambassador to Ukraine the son of Vice President Joe Biden and others last night on CNN trump's private lawyer Rudy Rudy Giuliani said well he sent over some of those documents to the State Department and and was told that they were going to investigate this and I should say no well that that this kind of smear campaign was certainly getting a lot of play in right wing media at the time so none of this was really a surprise but since Marie Ivanovich the former ambassador was abruptly fired in May hey this provide some context to that and she's one of the people who is expected to speak to the hill committees on this impeachment inquiry and the the man speaking today Kurt Volker. Who is he well? He spent the last couple of years as a part time. US envoy his job was really to push back against Russian AH aggression in Ukraine and end the war and they help end the war in the east of the country. He has a strong background in the region. He was a foreign service officer who worked in President Bush's National Security Council and was Bush's ambassador to NATO at the end of the administration he was also close to the late Senator John McCain and runs the McCain Institute in Washington and the whistle blower complaint says that Volcker did what exactly well. They say that he was helping helping you. The Ukrainian government navigate president trump's demands. You know this was if you think about this year in Ukraine you had a comedian political novice who won elections in Ukraine that surprised a lot of people at the same time you have Rudy Giuliani who has the president's air with all of this effort to dig up dirt about Joe Biden's on looking into the origins of the Miller report. You have a president who's fixated on that and Volker were setting up contacts between the incoming Zilenski government and Giuliani so I think that's what the whistle blower means when they say a that he was trying to help the Ukrainian government navigate president trump's demands and just quickly. What do these congressional committees want to learn from him today? What are they gonNA ask well? They're going to want to know if that's the accurate picture of that's what he was trying to do and also whether he knew about the president's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine during this time and whether the president was using that aid as leverage to get dirt on his opponent ponant okay so the big question. NPR's Michele Keleman thanks so much Rachelle sure thing.