The State Department blocked a top U.S. diplomat from giving a scheduled deposition Tuesday before a House panel conducting the inquiry into President .

, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, is a witness to Trump’s efforts to persuade to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

Sondland is “profoundly disappointed” that he won’t be able to testify Tuesday and hopes the issues raised by the State Department will be resolved promptly, his attorney Robert Luskin said.

“Ambassador Sondland believes strongly that he acted at all times in the best interest of the United States, and he stands ready to answer the Committee’s questions fully and truthfully,” Luskin . 

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