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Politics House Democrats call on Mulvaney to give deposition in impeachment probe

21:30  05 november  2019
21:30  05 november  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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House Democrats have called on White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify as part of their partisan impeachment investigation into “Based on evidence gathered in the impeachment inquiry and public reporting, we believe that you possess substantial first-hand knowledge and information

House Democrats have requested that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney give a deposition in the impeachment probe, according to a letter released Tuesday.

Mick Mulvaney wearing a suit and tie: Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney addresses reporters during a news briefing at the White House in Washington, Oct. 17, 2019. © Leah Millis/Reuters Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney addresses reporters during a news briefing at the White House in Washington, Oct. 17, 2019.

 

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In the letter, the three chairmen of the House committees conducting the probe wrote, “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 House’s impeachment inquiry," the letter read. 

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"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 Trump’s personal political interests, and jeopardized our national security in attempting to do so,” the letter said.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman; Rep. Eliot Engel, the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the acting chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, said Mulvaney may have been involved in "efforts to cover up these activities."

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At a now-infamous White House press briefing on Oct. 17, Mulvaney admitted to a quid pro quo in an exchange with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, saying military aid was withheld to get Ukraine to probe Democrats.

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“So the demand for an investigation into the Democrats was part of the reason that he ordered you to withhold funding to Ukraine?” Karl asked.

“’Look back to what happened in 2016, certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with the nation,” Mulvaney said. “And that is absolutely equivalent.”

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“What you described is a quid pro quo,” Karl pressed. “It is: Funding will not flow unless the investigation into the Democrats’ server happens as well.”

“We do that all the time with foreign policy,” Mulvaney answered.

“I have news for everybody: Get over it," he continued. "There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy,” Mulvaney said. “That is going to happen. Elections have consequences and foreign policy is going to change from the Obama administration to the Trump administration.”

Mulvaney said in a statement later that day that the news media had misconstrued his words.

The Democrats' letter calls on Mulvaney to appear Nov. 9.

There was no immediate response from Mulvaney or White House lawyers. The White House has directed all administration officials not to cooperate with the Democrats' impeachment probe, casting it as "illegitimate" and "unfair."

The Democratic chairmen note in their letter that Mulvaney ignored an Oct. 4 subpoena for key White House documents.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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