WASHINGTON – Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is scheduled to testify Friday before the House Foreign Affairs, Oversight, and Intelligence Committees as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Mulvaney won’t “participate in such a ridiculous, partisan, illegitimate proceeding,” but on Thursday evening, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Mulvaney for Friday’s deposition, according to an official working on the impeachment inquiry.
Witnesses have placed Mulvaney at the middle of the controversy over the pressuring of Ukraine to open investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden and the withholding of nearly $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine.
State Department official Catherine Croft had told members of Congress and staff on Oct. 30 that she had first learned of the withholding of security assistance during a July 18 video conference, where she was told Mulvaney had placed a hold on the security assistance. The reason she was given was that “the order came at the direction of the President.”
Mulvaney said during an Oct. 17 press conference that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to encourage an investigation into U.S. domestic politics, though he later issued a statement saying there was no quid pro quo to provide aid in exchange for an investigation of the 2016 election.
Mark Sandy, the White House Office of Management and Budget’s associate director for national security programs has also been summoned for testimony. But Acting OMB Director Russ Vought has said his office won’t be cooperating with the investigation.
Other OMB officials have also failed to appear so far in the impeachment inquiry.
The scheduled appearances come a day after former national security adviser John Bolton failed to appear for a scheduled meeting with the committees, though Jennifer Williams, a State Department staffer to Keith Kellogg, the national security adviser for Vice President Mike Pence, arrived under subpoena to testify.
The House Intelligence Committee said Bolton’s lawyer informed the lawmakers that he would take the panel to court if it subpoenaed him, according to a committee official who requested anonymity to describe the situation. Three other National Security Council officials have testified under subpoena.
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