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Democrats say they want Mulvaney to testify in Trump impeachment probe


Added 10-17-19 05:57:01pm EST - “House Democrats want to hear testimony from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in their impeachment inquiry after he acknowledged? Thursday that the administration held up military aid to Ukraine until Kiev launched a…” - Thehill.com

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House Democrats want to hear testimony from acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneySondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy Tensions flare as Democrats urge consumer bureau to boost penalties White House conducting probe into handling of Ukraine call transcript: report MORE in their impeachment inquiry after he acknowledged Thursday that the administration held up military aid to Ukraine until Kiev launched a political investigation requested by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE.The three House committees running the impeachment inquiry -- Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight -- had issued a subpoena to Mulvaney earlier this month for documents. The deadline for the records is Friday.But Democrats expressed interest in hearing from Mulvaney in person after he held a rare press conference at the White House on Thursday in which he said Trump wanted the Ukrainian government to investigate unproven 2016 election interference allegations about a hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) email server.When asked if what he described was a quid pro quo for military aid, Mulvaney responded by saying, "We do that all the time with foreign policy." He then pointed to pressing Central American countries that receive U.S. aid to overhaul their immigration policies.“Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy,” Mulvaney added.When asked if Mulvaney should testify, Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollySuccession at DHS up in the air as Trump set to nominate new head The Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren State Dept. official told to lay low after voicing concerns about Giuliani: Dem lawmaker MORE (D-Va.), a senior member of the House Oversight Committee, quickly responded with an emphatic "yes.""I guess having failed at discrediting the facts of this case, they've decided on a new tactic, which is to admit them and basically say, 'So what?' And the answer to that is, 'Well, the "so what" is you're going to be impeached,'" Connolly said. "Because that's abuse of office. And extortion, the last time I checked, is still a crime."Rep. Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren Democrats see John Bolton as potential star witness Hillicon Valley: Appeals court rules Trump can't block people on Twitter | Tech giants to testify in House antitrust investigation | DHS set for grilling over facial recognition tech | Commerce to allow sales to Huawei MORE (D-Mass.), another member of the Oversight Committee, said there's been a growing appetite for Mulvaney's testimony, even before Thursday's press conference."I'm sure a lot of people would like to hear from him," Lynch said.  An appearance by Mulvaney would mean testifying before lawmakers who were his colleagues in the House until he resigned in 2017 to become director of the Office of Management and Budget.Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets House investigators receive initial documents from top tech companies Celebrating the LGBTQ contribution to progress in business MORE (D-R.I.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which would handle articles of impeachment, said, "I think Mick Mulvaney has important information to share."House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public The comments and actions of Schiff demand his formal censure MORE (D-Calif.) did not respond to reporters' questions Thursday about whether Mulvaney will be called to testify.But Schiff warned that Mulvaney's public comments have made things "much, much worse.""The fact that [acting] chief of staff Mulvaney, with his acknowledgement now that military aid to a vital ally, an ally battling Russia as we speak, was withheld in part out of desire by the president to have Ukraine investigate the DNC server or Democrats or 2016, things have just gone from very, very bad to much, much worse," Schiff said."The idea that vital military assistance would be withheld for such a patently political reason for the reason of serving the president's reelection campaign is a phenomenal breach of the president's duty to defend our national security and I hope that every member, Democrat and Republican, will speak out and condemn this illicit action by the president and his chief of staff," Schiff added.While Mulvaney acknowledged that Trump had urged the Ukrainian government to investigate unsubstantiated allegations that Ukraine was involved in the DNC hack, he maintained that the military aid was not delayed because of a push to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE and his son Hunter's business dealings.“The money held up had absolutely nothing to do with Biden," Mulvaney said Thursday.A rough transcript of a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump raising the prospect of investigating the Bidens.The House committees have subpoenaed Mulvaney for documents related to the July 25 call; the delay in Ukraine aid; the removal of Marie Yovanovitch as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; communications with Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses Sondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy Top US diplomat William Taylor scheduled to testify in impeachment probe MORE; and efforts by White House staff to restrict access to the transcript of the call between Trump and Zelensky, as alleged by the intelligence community whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry.The White House has said it will refuse to comply with the investigation, citing the lack of a formal House vote to authorize the impeachment inquiry. But Democratic leaders decided earlier this week that a vote would be unnecessary.

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