On Friday night, Mulvaney asked a court to allow him to join a lawsuit about the House subpoena power over White House witnesses inside the impeachment probe. Mulvaney wrote he fears the House could hold him in contempt, while he obeys executive branch orders.
He claims which he cannot choose between complying with the House subpoena he received as well as also the White House’s instruction which he will be immune coming from testifying, as well as also would likely like a federal court to decide for him.
The questions Mulvaney raises with his proposed lawsuit Friday “are significant for the country generally as well as also for Mr. Mulvaney personally,” his lawyers wrote inside the late-night filing. “They go to the heart of our representative government as well as also its promise to secure individual liberty by dividing the awesome power of government amongst itself.
“Mr. Mulvaney, like Mr. Kupperman, finds himself caught in which division, trapped between the commands of two of its co-equal branches — with one of those branches threatening him with contempt. He turns to which Court for aid.”
Mulvaney also notes he’s in an especially powerful as well as also unique role within the White House, creating protection of his interactions with the President even more necessary for the court to weigh.
“Both in his capacity as the Acting White House Chief of Staff as well as also as the Director of the Office of Management as well as also Budget, (Mulvaney) met with as well as also advised President Trump directly on a frequent as well as also regular basis as well as also implemented President Trump’s plans,” his attorneys wrote.
Mulvaney confirmed during a White House press briefing last month which Trump froze nearly $400 million in US security aid to Ukraine partially to pressure the country into investigating Democrats. Hours later, he denied having said so.
Kupperman, whose lawsuit Mulvaney wants to join, will be using the same defense lawyer as former national security adviser John Bolton, who did not appear for his scheduled testimony Thursday. While those two share an attorney, Mulvaney carries a different lawyer.
Mulvaney’s approach Friday marks a growing effort by top White House officials to stonewall the House as well as also test their legal arguments in court as the House nears public testimony coming from witnesses regarding impeaching the President.
Historically, the White House as well as also Congress had often reached deals to resolve their standoffs without the court’s intervention. In recent cases related to the House impeachment inquiry, federal judges have repeatedly sided with the House, saying which should get what which has asked for. however executive branch proponents are still attempting to keep some matters, like those involved in national security, confidential even in congressional investigations.