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Adam Schiff says State Department is blocking Congress from seeing Ukraine-related texts and emails

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland might have more to share.

Sondland was supposed to testify for Congress on Tuesday as part of the House's impeachment probe, but shortly before his scheduled slot, the Trump administration ordered him not to appear. Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) later added that Sondland had also provided "text messages or emails on a personal device" to the State Department, but that it had refused to hand them over.

Sondland is a witness in Trump's ongoing Ukraine scandal set off by a phone call in which he urged Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Sondland worked with the administration on Ukraine and in a series of text messages released last week discusses the scandal with Bill Taylor, the U.S diplomat to Ukraine. Schiff seems to be referring to a different set of texts or emails.