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Politics Aides are counseling Trump not to fire Mulvaney, as acting chief of staff changes course again

06:00  13 november  2019
06:00  13 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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.

Mick Mulvaney will become the acting White House chief of staff at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Friday.

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Friday that he had selected Mick Mulvaney , his budget director, to serve as acting White House chief of staff , putting a halt — at least for now — to his consideration of a parade of possible candidates, including several who turned him down

President Trump has been threatening for weeks to fire acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, but senior advisers have counseled him to hold off on such a drastic step amid a high-stakes impeachment probe, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

Mick Mulvaney wearing a suit and tie: Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens during a Cabinet meeting Oct. 21.© Leah Millis/Reuters Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens during a Cabinet meeting Oct. 21.

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.”

Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick Mulvaney

  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.

President Donald Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff . Trump and aides said for days that the president was close to a decision, with candidates including presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, Mulvaney , and former campaign aide David Bossie.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney arrives to answer questions from reporters during a news briefing at the White House in Washington White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short, left, Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Nick Ayers, second from right, Counselor to

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Senior advisers have cautioned Trump that removing Mulvaney at such a sensitive time could be perilous, the people said — both because Mulvaney played an integral role in the decision to freeze the aid, and because of the disruption that would be caused by replacing one of Trump’s most senior aides.

“I don’t think you’ll see him going anywhere until after December,” said one Trump adviser, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. “But the president was very unhappy with that press conference. That was a very bad day for the president.”

Mulvaney’s move to join impeachment testimony lawsuit rankles Bolton allies

  Mulvaney’s move to join impeachment testimony lawsuit rankles Bolton allies Former national security adviser John Bolton views the acting White House chief of staff as a key participant in the administration’s effort to pressure Ukraine.Former national security adviser John Bolton’s advisers and allies were taken aback to learn late Friday that Mulvaney had gone to court seeking to join a separation-of-powers lawsuit filed against Trump and the House leadership, according to people familiar with their views, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney abruptly changed course Tuesday morning and ended plans to file a lawsuit asking the courts to rule And it was the latest in a series of high-profile course changes by Mulvaney as he comes under fire from Capitol Hill and from present and former

US President Donald Trump has chosen Mick Mulvaney to take over from retiring chief of staff John Kelly in 2019. Change it here DW.COM has chosen English as your language setting. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired in November 2018 after several months of abuse from Trump . One of Trump 's top lawyers in the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the

White House officials declined to comment Tuesday.

Mulvaney had direct talks with Trump about the president’s desire to withhold nearly $400 million in security aid to Ukraine, The Washington Post has reported. At the same time, Trump and other allies were pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation of Democratic rival Joe Biden and of theories about the country’s role in the 2016 election, according to congressional testimony in the impeachment inquiry.

Trump’s advisers have cited as a cautionary tale the example of national security adviser John Bolton, who was dismissed in September. Bolton is now a sought-after witness for Democrats, and despite White House instructions to defy a congressional subpoena has expressed a willingness to testify if cleared by a judge.

Other advisers have counseled the president that its unwise to replace his chief of staff and create turmoil while Trump is dealing with the multiple brush fires of a congressional impeachment probe.

Mulvaney Request to Join Subpoena Lawsuit Opposed by House

  Mulvaney Request to Join Subpoena Lawsuit Opposed by House 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. © Bloomberg Mick Mulvaney 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.

Aides in the White House Situation Room clustered around a speaker phone, pens and pads in hand to As vice president, they claimed, Mr. Biden had forced Mr. Zelensky’s predecessor to fire a state prosecutor Mr. Sondland blurted out that Mick Mulvaney , the president’s acting chief of staff , had

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney , the acting White House chief of staff , reversed gears on Tuesday and said he will follow President Trump ’s order to defy a House subpoena and refuse to testify as part of its impeachment inquiry.

“Trump is back asking everyone what they think about Mulvaney,” said one senior U.S. official. “He clearly is upset with him. He’s being advised that the last thing he needs is another major personnel move.”

Mulvaney’s relationship with Trump garnered new scrutiny Tuesday when he called off plans to file a lawsuit asking the courts to rule on whether he should comply with a House subpoena to testify in the impeachment inquiry. Instead he announced he would follow the president’s broad directive barring aides from participating in the inquiry.

Some current and former aides have nonetheless chosen to comply with subpoenas from Congress. Others, such as Bolton, have indicated they would look to the courts for guidance on competing demands from two branches of government.

Tuesday’s court filing by Mulvaney came amid growing rancor inside the White House over how to respond to the impeachment investigation. Mulvaney has clashed with White House counsel Pat Cipollone over how to navigate the inquiry, in which public hearings are set to begin Wednesday.

Mulvaney withdraws motion to join lawsuit over congressional testimony after pushback

  Mulvaney withdraws motion to join lawsuit over congressional testimony after pushback Mick Mulvaney just filed a notice of withdrawal of his motion to join the Kupperman lawsuit. The notice states Mulvaney's intention to refile as a separate related case.The original lawsuit, filed by Dr. Charles Kupperman was in response to a subpoena he received from House Democrats seeking his testimony in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump regarding Ukraine.

President Trump 's acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney answers questions at the White House on Oct. "It was a very supportive meeting." Mulvaney had kept a relatively low profile as acting chief of staff until a week ago, when he held a press briefing best described as disastrous.

When Trump announced that Kelly would be departing at the end of the year, speculation was that his successor would be Nick Ayers, the chief of staff to Vice Trump wrote on Twitter, “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney , Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting

The about-face was also the latest in a series of high-profile course changes by Mulvaney as he comes under fire from Capitol Hill and from present and former colleagues in the White House.

On Monday, Mulvaney’s legal team had notified the court that he planned to file his own lawsuit against the House seeking court guidance on how to respond to a subpoena for his testimony. The lawsuit, his attorney said, would be related to one filed earlier by Bolton’s top deputy, Charles Kupperman.

Mulvaney’s lawyers noted in a court filing Tuesday that “after further consideration,” Mulvaney had decided not to go to court at all. “Rather he will rely on the direction of the President, as supported by an opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, in not appearing” before the House, Mulvaney’s lawyers said.

Mulvaney’s initial effort to join the Kupperman lawsuit rankled Bolton and Kupperman because they had cited Mulvaney as a critical player in the effort to press the Ukrainian government to pursue investigations helpful to Trump’s domestic political agenda, a move they viewed as improper.

Outside legal experts saw Mulvaney’s move to join the case as an effort to secure some legal cover given he had potential exposure because of his private actions seeking to withhold aid to Ukraine and his conflicting public statements about the motives for that blockade.

The abrupt change in legal strategy confounded national legal experts, as well as senior advisers to the president.

“None of it made any sense to me. What we’re seeing right now is not only disarray but almost jaw-dropping incompetence,” Chris Whipple, who has written a biography on White House chiefs of staff and has interviewed most living ones, said of Mulvaney’s moves.

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