Trump taps senior aide who defied impeachment subpoena for 5G post

Reuters | December 24, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump named Robert Blair to be the special representative for international telecommunications policy and work on the administration’s 5G efforts under White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, the White House said in a statement on Monday. As the senior adviser to the White House chief of staff, Blair defied a subpoena from a House of Representatives committee as part of its impeachment inquiry into whether Trump improperly pressed Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rival, Joe Biden. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has also called for Blair to testify in the Senate’s expected impeachment trial, though Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has not accepted that demand.

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