Impeachment Probe Eyes Mulvaney’s Office in Early Effort to Hold Up Ukraine Aid
When the Trump administration first decided to sell Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, officials at the Office of Management and Budget moved to temporarily pause the effort, according to multiple sources briefed on the matter. The unusual move didn’t just foreshadow the huge fight that has the president now facing impeachment. It also caught the eye of Congressional investigators in the impeachment inquiry. This summer, OMB delayed the provision of a second shipment of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.
House impeachment investigators asked President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to appear for a deposition later this week.
Lawmakers leading the impeachment inquiry believe Mulvaney can provide firsthand details about Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine at a time he was pressing Ukraine's government to launch investigations into his political rivals.
Mulvaney previously publicly declared that the decision on aid was linked to the demand for investigations, but he later walked back those comments.
Several Mulvaney aides have refused to appear for depositions in recent days as Democrats have reached closer to the Oval Office in their inquiry.
Aides are counseling Trump not to fire Mulvaney, as acting chief of staff changes course again .
Trump was particularly peeved at his acting chief of staff over a news conference related to aid to Ukraine.Trump has expressed particular anger over Mulvaney’s performance in an Oct. 17 news conference in which Mulvaney stunned White House aides by saying military aid to Ukraine was withheld to pressure its government to launch investigations that could politically benefit Trump, two of the people said. Later, Mulvaney issued a statement saying the media had misconstrued his televised comments and that “there was absolutely no quid pro quo.