President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on "transparency in Federal guidance and enforcement" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump: Impeachment fight could go to high court

October 09, 2019 - 4:42 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is predicting that his impeachment fight with House Democrats could end up at the Supreme Court.

Trump is answering questions on the White House's refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine.

His lawyers sent a letter to House Democratic leaders Tuesday declaring a full halt to cooperation with what the administration termed an "illegitimate" probe, in part because a formal vote has not taken place.

Officials declined to say Tuesday what it would take for the White House to change its mind.

But Trump says he might consider cooperating if there is a vote, but only "if Republicans," who are a minority, "get a fair shake" and additional power.

He says, "We would, if they give us our rights."

9:05 a.m.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he doesn't think there's anything impeachable in the transcript of a July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's leader in which Trump asked for "a favor" while withholding military aid.

The South Carolina senator says he's going to ask his Republican colleagues to sign a letter to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, "We do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense."

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry focusing partly on whether Trump abused his powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine Democratic rival Joe Biden and help his own reelection effort. Pelosi says such actions would be a "betrayal" of Trump's oath of office.

Graham said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" he wants Pelosi to know Republican senators "are not gonna impeach this president based on this transcript."


12:30 a.m.

House Democrats are waiting to see if the Trump administration will block the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from speaking to their investigators.

Marie Yovanovitch was recalled from the post and is scheduled to be deposed Friday.

Whether Yovanovitch will appear has been thrown into question by the White House's assertion that it will not cooperate with what it now considers an illegitimate impeachment inquiry of the president.

The ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, had been scheduled for an interview Tuesday before a joint House committee taking depositions in the impeachment probe. Hours before his appearance, the administration blocked his testimony. House Democrats then subpoenaed Sondland, setting up another clash between the two branches of government.

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