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Judge dismisses impeachment suit from ex-White House aide

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington said Kupperman’s lawsuit was 'moot.'
Credit: AP
From left, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., return to a secure area at the Capitol after informing reporters that former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman failed to appear to be interviewed in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. House Democrats are trying to determine if Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country, Ukraine, to investigate his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a former White House official who had challenged a congressional subpoena in the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump, the Associated Press reports

Charles Kupperman is a former deputy national security adviser to ousted national security adviser John Bolton. Kupperman had asked a court to decide whether he had to comply with the subpoena given that the White House had instructed him and other officials not to appear before a congressional investigation into Trump's interactions with Ukraine. Bolton himself did not appear for another scheduled deposition, leaving House investigators to eventually withdraw their subpoena. 

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U.S. District Judge Richard Leon says Kupperman's case is moot since the House withdrew the subpoena issued to him and has stated in court that it doesn't plan to issue one again. 

House investigators issued the subpoena to Kupperman in October to get his testimony in an investigation into allegations that President Donald Trump withheld foreign aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Reuters reports