Robert Blair: Top aide to White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney refuses to testify before House impeachment inquiry
A top aide to White House Chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Robert Blair, has refused to testify in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump after the White House directed him not to appear for his scheduled deposition, his attorney told CNN. © Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images Robert Blair, senior adviser to the White House Chief of Staff, walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The House committees investigating Trump had scheduled Blair's deposition for Monday.
Mick Mulvaney , President Trump's acting chief of staff, told a federal judge that he is withdrawing from his effort to join a former White House aide's lawsuit against House Democrats and intends to file his own case in an effort to fight a subp.
Mulvaney was scheduled to testify Friday in the impeachment inquiry — but like several other administration officials, he was not expected to The White House said Mulvaney won't participate in what it called a "ridiculous, partisan, illegitimate proceeding." The House issued a subpoena for
Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's acting chief of staff, told a federal judge that he is withdrawing from his effort to join a former White House aide's lawsuit against House Democrats and intends to file his own case in an effort to fight a subpoena as part of the impeachment inquiry.
Mulvaney last week had asked to join the original case, which would have put him in the awkward position of essentially suing his own boss. That suit was filed by Charles Kupperman, a former deputy national security who was essentially asking the court for guidance on whether the president could order current and former White House officials to defy congressional subpoenas.
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.
The motion filed by Mr. Mulvaney late Friday night sought to include him in a lawsuit by Charles M Mr. Mulvaney ’s decision to try to join the lawsuit was also puzzling because House Democrats have withdrawn their subpoena for Mr. Kupperman and made clear they do not want to fight a court battle
Mulvaney ignored a subpoena to be questioned by House investigators. Trump says he is not worried about impeachment testimony, and calls the “Jim Jordan has been on the front lines in the fight for fairness and truth,” Mr. McCarthy said in a statement. “His addition will ensure more accountability and
But House Democrats decided they didn't want to resolve that question in the courts for Kupperman's testimony and ultimately withdrew his subpoena.
In a filing on Monday, they asked the court to block Mulvaney from joining Kupperman's lawsuit, arguing that it was moot and that the Trump aide was facing different circumstances.
Kupperman also opposed Mulvaney's effort, arguing that the two had different aims in taking the subpoenas to the courts.
Mulvaney argued in his proposed lawsuit that the Justice Department's legal advisers under both Democratic and Republican administrations have advised that the president and his close advisers are immune to congressional subpoena.
"In short, there apparently is no controlling judicial authority that definitively undermines the Executive Branch's consistent bipartisan conclusion that close personal advisors of the President are bound to abide by the President's assertions of immunity, even in the face of congressional subpoenas for testimony," Mulvaney's lawyers said in their original filing.
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.