House Democrats, former Bolton aide ask judge to block Mulvaney from joining lawsuit against impeachment subpoena

Source: The Hill | November 11, 2019 | Harper Neidig

House Democrats and former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman separately asked a federal judge on Monday to block President Trump’s acting chief of staff from intervening in a lawsuit over subpoenas related to the House’s impeachment inquiry.

Trump’s top aide, Mick Mulvaney, had filed a motion in D.C. District Court on Friday seeking to join a lawsuit filed by Kupperman, who served as a top aide to former national security adviser John Bolton, opposing a subpoena in order to challenge the legality of subpoena he himself received from the House Intelligence Committee.

But Democrats argued that the original lawsuit is moot since they withdrew the subpoena directing Kupperman to testify.

Kupperman also filed a brief on Monday opposing Mulvaney’s motion.

The Democrats wrote in their filing that even if the case was not moot at this point, Mulvaney and Kupperman are in very different circumstances.

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