Acting White House Chief of Staff Mulvaney Called to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry

House Democrats announced Nov. 5 they want acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify on Nov. 8 in the impeachment inquiry.

“Based on evidence gathered in the impeachment inquiry and public reporting, we believe that you possess substantial first-hand knowledge and information relevant to the Houses impeachment inquiry,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and acting House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a joint letter (pdf) sent to Mulvaney.

“Specifically, the investigation has revealed that you may have been directly involved in an effort orchestrated by President Trump, his personal agent, Rudolph Giuliani, and others to withhold a coveted White House meeting and nearly $400 million in security assistance, in order to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to pursue investigations that would benefit President Trumps personal political interests, and jeopardized our national security in attempting to do so.”

As with all requests to testify, the Democratic chairs threatened Mulvaney, writing: “Your failure or refusal to appear at the deposition, including at the direction of behest of the president, shall constitute further evidence of obstruction of the Houses impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the president.”

In a press release, the Democratic chairs pointed to Mulvaneys Oct. 17 press conference, when he was asked about the United States reviewing aid apportioned for Ukraine, before ultimately sending it on time.

“President Trump … doesnt like spending money overseas, especially when its poorly spent. That is exactly what drove this decision. Ive been in the office a couple of times with him talking about this. He said, Look, Mick, this is a corrupt place,” Mulvaney told reporters.

“When we cut the money off, before the money actually flowed … we actually did an analysis of what other countries were doing in terms of supporting Ukraine. And what we found out, I cant remember if its zero or near-zero for lethal aid. Youve heard the president say this, We give them tanks and the other countries give them pillows,” he continued.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), center, attends a press conference after the close of a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry centered on President Donald Trump in Washington on Oct. 31, 2019. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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