Impeachment investigators ask Mick Mulvaney to testify
House impeachment investigators asked President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to appear for a deposition later this week. © Leah Millis Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney answers questions from reporters during a White House news briefing on October 17, 2019. 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.
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House of Representatives opposed a request by Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff, to join a lawsuit seeking a judge’s guidance whether he must comply with a subpoena to testify at impeachment hearings.
Mulvaney is seeking to join a suit filed by Charles Kupperman, the former deputy of National Security Advisor John Bolton, who is seeking a ruling on whether he must testify even though he was ordered not to by the White House.
In a filing Monday in Washington federal court, House lawyers asked a judge to reject Mulvaney’s request, arguing that the case is moot because the subpoena to Kupperman underlying his case has been withdrawn. They also said Mulvaney isn’t legally entitled to use the case of another official to challenge his own subpoena.
Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick Mulvaney
Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick MulvaneyMulvaney had already signaled he would likely refuse lawmakers’ demands to testify, and the White House has issued a blanket order against cooperating with the impeachment probe.
Kupperman also opposed Mulvaney’s request in a separate filing.
A phone hearing on the issue is scheduled for later on Monday.
The case is Kupperman v. House of Representatives of the U.S.A., 19-cv-03224, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).
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Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony .
President Trump on Thursday moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an aide to former national security adviser John Bolton seeking a ruling on whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify in the House impeachment inquiry.The filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., cited Trump's official capacity as president. In it, he sought to have a judge dismiss White House official Dr. Charles Kupperman lawsuit seeking guidance on whether he should comply with the subpoena or the president's directive not to comply.An attorney for Trump argued that the president's direction should overrule any prospective court ruling.