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UPDATED 10:45 AM PST – Tue. October 8, 2019

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff claims the Trump administrations decision to block EU ambassador Gordon Sondland from testifying is “additional strong evidence of obstruction.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, gives a statement to members of the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. The Trump administration barred Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador, from appearing Tuesday before a House panel conducting the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Speaking on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Schiff accused President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of blocking congress from getting the facts they need to protect national security.

He also claimed the State Department is withholding text messages or emails Sondland has on a personal device.

“But we are also aware that the ambassador has text messages or emails on a personal device which have been provided to the State Department although we have requested those from the ambassador and the State Department is withholding those messages as well,” said Schiff. “Those messages are also deeply relevant to this investigation.”

Schiff also said prior to this morning their was no indication Sondland would not show up to testify.

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