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"CNN breaking news welcome to a special edition of the lead the White House in crisis. I'm Jake Tapper in Washington and we we begin today with breaking news. In the politics lead moments ago House Democratic leaders fired back Secretary of State Mike Pompeo they accuse pompeo of potential obstruction. After Pompeo uh-huh Claims Democrats were intimidating and bullying State Department officials who the Democrats plan to depose tweeted quote. Let me be clear I will not tolerate eight such tactics and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent an expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professional professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside longside at the Department of State on quote pay has as of now had no comment about the revelation that he was in fact listening in on that July I twenty fifth phone call in which President trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and Biden son Hunter. This is a fast moving story we had covered from the White House to Congress and all the way to Ukraine. Let's start on Capitol Hill with Maharaja in Mono. What did the House Democratic Chairman have to say to the secretary of State of Eight pushback rather aggressively Jake? They're saying that any efforts to deny these witnesses says from coming forward these are current and former State Department officials who the Democrats wanted to have deposed beginning tomorrow they said any efforts to block from happening with constitute obstruction of their impeachment investigation. They said the three chairman said this in a statement that was sent just moments ago any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from from talking with Congress including State Department employees is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry in Response Congress may infer from this obstruction action that any withheld documents and testimony will reveal information that corroborates the whistleblower complaint now reading between the lines and what they're saying here jake is that they're not they don't have the patience for a sustained fight with the trump administration we have seen Europe visiting Tire Year Democrats and the trump administration fight subpoenas being issued and the trump administration not complying with saying they're out of bounds some ending up in court. This is likely where it's not GonNa Democrats. Don't want to go that route instead. They're suggesting thing that any efforts by Pompeii others in the trump administration to not give them what they want not turn over documents not provide testimony as required by the subpoenas essentially could amount onto an impeachable offense obstruction of Congress being that impeachable offenses Democrats are saying so we'll see what ultimately ends up happening but witness who scheduled to come tomorrow. It's unclear if that person will be deposed tomorrow but Democrats the moment say this could lead to a rather quick impeachment. This Fall Jake House Democrat reminded me last week. Obstruction of Congress was one of the articles of impeachment against President Nixon Mono. Where do things stand right now on that possible interview with the whistle-blower by the House intelligence committee talks are still ongoing about bringing this individual forward the House intelligence chairman? Adam chef is confident that this will come forward he but he just arrived here on Capitol Hill. I tried to talk to him about this and other matters he declined to comment also the the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to bring that whistle blower four but there are concerns that the presence attacks against US whistleblower could essentially prevent him or her from coming coming forward and in fact today Jake Atop Republican Chuck Grassley who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee someone who was advocating for whistleblower protections sharply criticize any attacks attack's going against the whistleblower saying those should be left off the table and are not helpful for this country Jay can throw his grassley an ardent supporter of whistle blowers. Thank you so much Maharaja on Capitol Hill. Let's go now down the street to the White House where we find. CNN's Abby Philip and abby we have not seen president trump in public today he has made his presence felt on twitter though loud and clear jake he's been tweeting up a storm and really attacking this whistleblower this morning even sending a tweet that is misleading at best. Here's it said he said so if so if the so called whistleblower has all second hand information and almost everything he has said about my perfect call but the Ukrainian president is wrong why aren't we entitled to interview and learn everything about the whistle blower and also the person who gave him false information but the problem is that yesterday yesterday there was an extraordinary letter coming from the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson who the president appointed that push back on that very narrative here's what the Inspector General Road The whistle blower stated on the form that he or she possessed both firsthand and other information the IC- issue review the information provided as well as other information gathered and determined that the complaint was both urgent and that it appeared credible so a strong strong pushback there on this idea that the whistle blower is simply trafficking hearsay not only the inspector general saying that first hand information isn't is it necessary but he's also saying that the whistle blower did provide some first hand information and the secondhand information was corroborated by an investigation yeah and in fact it was corroborated by the release of the transcript and corroborated by the White House admitting that they took the the transcript and put it in the Super Secure Server as well abby. What are your sources telling when you about how president trump plans to mount any sort of defense during this impeachment inquiry well Jake so far there has not been much in the way of an Organiz coordinated defensive president has been taking matters into his own hands on social media and last week he started a process of talking his aides aides in the White House and his lawyers both inside and outside of the White House got together to try to come up with some kind of strategy and they're expected to present him with a plan this this week but there is a sense of anxiety among the president's aides that they are not fully prepared for this the the idea this week is to come up with some kind of plan both communications plan and a legal plan to help them cope with this fast moving impeachment inquiry? Meanwhile president trump's aides and advisors and allies allies have been fanning out on television trying to defend him attacking the whistleblower. all of them trying to mount a defense as this investigation seems seems to be moving very very quickly underneath their feet. Jake's Philip at the White House thank you so much. Let's go now to Kiev Ukraine where we find. CNN chief international correspondent clarice award and Clarisa the president of Ukraine address this controversy today in fact you asked him about the military aid and any pressure he may have felt. It's from president trump. That's right jake well. He didn't want to answer these questions. He started out the press conference by saying he was only going to talk about the the situation here in eastern Ukraine but we pressed him on the issue. I'm believe me his answer was evasive relying on semantics to really try to avoid being pinned down take a listen. Did you feel pressure from President trump to investigate the Biden's in order to unfreeze military Yuccas Vasco Hazardous Yo."