Democrats Want Mulvaney To Testify In Impeachment Probe

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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. House impeachment investigators have asked Mulvaney to testify about his “first-hand knowledge” of President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House investigators Tuesday asked President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff to appear before the impeachment inquiry , reaching to the highest levels of the White House as they prepare to release more transcripts from the closed-door proceedings.

Investigators say Mick Mulvaney’s news conference last month amounted to “nothing less than a televised confession” of Trump’s efforts to have Ukraine investigate Democrats and Joe Biden as the White House was blocking military funding for the Eastern European ally.

Trump says he did nothing wrong, and Mulvaney later walked back his remarks.

The White House has instructed its officials not to comply with the impeachment inquiry being led by House Democrats. It is uncertain if Mulvaney will appear.

On Tuesday, the committees were expected to release more transcripts of previous interviews as they push the closed proceedings into the public, with hundreds of pages of testimony from two top diplomats deeply involved in the Ukraine matter.

Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, both testified for hours in private. The two diplomats were involved in White House policy toward Ukraine and aware of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that’s central to the impeachment inquiry.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the Intelligence committee, said the panels are releasing the word-by-word transcripts so the American public can see it all for themselves.

“This is about more than just one call,” Schiff wrote Tuesday in an op-ed in USA Today. “We now know that the call was just one piece of a larger operation to redirect our foreign policy to benefit Donald Trump’s personal and political interests, not the national interest.”

Public hearings could begin as soon as next week in the impeachment inquiry that Trump says is illegitimate and Republicans in Congress call a sham.

The release of more transcripts comes as the Trump administration resumes its stonewalling of the inquiry. Two more White House officials, an energy adviser and a budget official, declined to appear Tuesday before investigators, even after one received a subpoena.

Most of those who have testified before the House panel are from the ranks of the State Department, including recalled U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovonavitch, whose testimony was released Monday. Diplomats have testified to the mounting concerns in the State Department over Trump’s interest in having a foreign ally investigate Biden.

Volker and Sondland both testified they were disappointed after briefing Trump at the White House upon their return from Zelenskiy’s inauguration in May as a new leader of the young democracy vowing to fight corruption.

That pivotal May 23 meeting raised red flags when Trump told them to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, on Ukraine issues.

Text messages from the two men, along with another diplomat, William Taylor, who also testified in the impeachment inquiry, revealed in striking detail the administration’s actions toward Ukraine.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Yawn. Can’t congress work on stuff that affect the people on a daily basis instead of this nonsense? Do they do anything but investigate trump?

    Work on improving health care
    Work on reducing mass shootings
    Even small things like reforming Federal aviation rules. last week the Boeing CEO testified and he stated the rules have gone so off the railes that we can no longer teach pilots how to fly. We need to teach them how to manipulate the plane at the last second of a crash. Its not just the checks and regulations that they should learn. he told congress to reverse the rules so that they are taught that. This is just one basic exmaple of what congress should be busy with. Not Trump all day.

    And you know he ain’t be removed anyhow so stop dreing akup.

    • You have to also ask yourselves, dumb liberals, if they really do “have the goods” on Trump THIS time (just like they said with Mueller, obstruction, collusion…) why are they going so crazy needing all these people to try to find dirt on him? BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY’VE GOT NOTHING!

  2. Archy, the house has passed over 200 bills including some on gun control;. Mitch McConnel is holding them not letting the Senate vote on them.
    This investigation of Trump has been underway for less than 2 months. We are a nation of laws with impeachment the process to deal with a President who has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. Even if he’s the Chosen One, the Second Coming and can walk on water he can be impeach for crimes.

    • Edith stifle .

      Stopping mass shootings is not about partisan gun control bills. They need to sit in a room with republicans and focus on sensible ideas that they all agree on .

      Their duty is not just to focus on impeachment and oversight . They have other jobs They have been busy with this for 3 years

      • Archy, Meathead says it’s wrong to try and stifle me. Why is a gun control bill partisan? Why hasn’t Trump proposed any gun control legislation? Is he waiting to finish the administrations great health care proposal that was going to be ready months ago? The House has passed hundreds of bills. All Trump has to do is tell Mitch to have the Senate vote on them.
        Are you suggesting that the House now ignore oversight because it’s no longer controlled by Republicans? Remember Bengazzi?

  3. Of course Mulvaney should testify since Trump did nothing wrong and had a perfect phone conversation with that Ukrainian President. Since Trump has done absolutely nothing wrong he should let all who are subpoenaed testify and clear his name for all time. I don’t understand his reluctance to have testimony clear his name. I wish someone could explain the reason. Am missing something?

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