Late Thursday night, Democrats issued a subpoena to compel acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to appear on Friday for a closed door deposition with the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Trump impeachment.
He did not show up.
“An official working on the inquiry said the House intelligence panel subpoenaed Mulvaney because 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 along with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Oversight Committee Acting Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) writing that he had “substantial first-hand knowledge and information” relevant to the inquiry.
The White House then rejected the order citing past Democrat and Republican administrations.
“Past Democrat and Republican administrations would not be inclined to permit senior advisers to the president to participate in such a ridiculous, partisan, illegitimate proceeding – and neither is this one,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley announced Tuesday.
On Thursday, former National security adviser John Bolton also did not show for a deposition. There are filings making their way through the courts on whether the White House officials can be compelled to appear.
In an October 17 press conference, Mulvaney stated that Trump put a hold on aid money to Ukraine at the time – which is the most likely reason Democrats are pressuring the chief of staff to testify.
“We do that all the time with foreign policy,” Mulvaney said. “And I have news for everybody: Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.”
Mulvaney since tried to walk back his statement but Democrat leaders are already claiming that it was a “confession.”
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“Despite your subsequent attempts to walk-back this clear admission, your statements to the American public on October 17 were nothing less than a televised confession that 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,” The House committee wrote.