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Politics Mulvaney won't sue over impeachment, declines to cooperate

18:20  12 november  2019
18:20  12 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Robert Blair: Top aide to White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney refuses to testify before House impeachment inquiry

  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.

Mulvaney withdrew the request following a conference call held by the judge assigned to Kupperman's lawsuit, which was closed to media. The White House has instructed current and former Trump administration officials not to cooperate with the impeachment investigation, arguing in court filings

Mick Mulvaney drops request to join lawsuit filed by ex-White House aide subpoenaed in impeachment inquiry after acting Chief of 'I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy,' Mulvaney said at the time, although he later contradicted himself.

WASHINGTON — White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that he no longer plans to sue over the House impeachment proceedings and will instead follow President Donald Trump's directions and decline to cooperate.

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2019 file photo, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File): In this Oct. 17, 2019 file photo, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks in the White House briefing room. © Provided by The Associated Press In this Oct. 17, 2019 file photo, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks in the White House briefing room.

It's the latest reversal in position by Mulvaney, who last week asked to join the lawsuit of another Trump adviser before changing his mind Monday and saying that he intended to bring his own case.

In a court filing Tuesday, Mulvaney said he would rely on Trump's instructions "as supported by an opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, in not appearing for the relevant deposition."

Impeachment investigators ask Mick Mulvaney to testify

  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.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney requested to join a federal lawsuit filed over The White House ordered Kupperman not to cooperate with a subpoena from House Democrats. He declined to appear before the House committees leading an impeachment inquiry into Trump last

White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Monday withdrew his request to join a lawsuit seeking a court ruling on whether witnesses must testify in the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, saying he would bring his own case

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Mulvaney had been subpoenaed to appear last week for a closed-door deposition before the House impeachment panel but did not show up.

He then asked to join a lawsuit brought by Charles Kupperman, the president's former deputy national security adviser. That case asked a judge to decide whether Kupperman had to comply with a subpoena from the House or a competing directive from the White House to not testify.

Mulvaney had argued that his circumstances were similar to that of Kupperman, but lawyers for both Kupperman and the House of Representatives opposed his request to join the suit and highlighted what they said were key differences. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said in a conference call on Monday that he was "not inclined" to grant Mulvaney's request.

The Justice Department legal opinion that Mulvaney references says close advisers to the president are immune from testifying to Congress because "preparing for such examinations would force them to divert time and attention from their duties to the President at the whim of congressional committees."



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.

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