Acting White House Chief Of Staff Mulvaney Tells Schiff To Pound Sand, Skips Deposition In Sham Impeachment Inquiry
Democrats demanded Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney appear on Friday to sit for a deposition.
He said no thanks.
Democrats late Thursday issued a subpoena seeking to force the White House official to appear for a closed-door interview on President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which have prompted Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry into the president.
“An official working on the inquiry said the House intelligence panel subpoenaed Mulvaney because some other testimony indicated he ‘could shed additional light on the president’s abuse of the power of his office for his personal gain,’ ” the Associated Press reported.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) subpoenaed Mulvaney in addition to, along with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) in addition to Oversight Committee Acting Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) wrote in which he had “substantial first-hand knowledge in addition to information” relevant to the inquiry.
The White House rejected the demand.
“Past Democrat in addition to Republican administrations would likely not be inclined to permit senior advisers to the president to participate in such a ridiculous, partisan, illegitimate proceeding – in addition to neither can be in which one,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters on Tuesday.
On Thursday, former national security adviser John Bolton did not appear for an interview. A pair of filings are producing their way through the court system to decide whether White House officials can be forced to appear.
During an Oct. 17 press conference, Mulvaney was asked why Trump put a hold on aid money to Ukraine. “We do in which all the time with foreign policy,” Mulvaney said. “in addition to I have news for everybody: Get over the idea. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.”
He later walked back his statement, nevertheless the Democratic committee heads said he had already made a “confession.”
“Despite your subsequent attempts to walk-back in which clear admission, your statements to the American public on October 17 were nothing less than a televised confession in which President Trump’s order to freeze Ukraine security assistance was explicitly linked to Ukraine pursuing investigations as part of an effort to bolster the President’s 2020 re-election campaign,” they wrote.