They demanded that the acting White House chief of staff testify about his knowledge of President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine.
House impeachment investigators late Thursday subpoenaed Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, demanding that he testify about his knowledge of President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine.
Mulvaney had already signaled he would probably refuse lawmakers’ demands to testify, and the White House has issued a blanket order against cooperating with the impeachment inquiry.
But Mulvaney’s Oct. 17 news conference in which he said Trump withheld aid in part to get Ukraine to initiate investigations against his political rivals — a comment he later walked back — has fueled Democrats’ impeachment push.
Mulvaney’s role has presented something of a mystery to the lawmakers leading the impeachment investigation. He’s widely believed to have ordered a hold on nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine at Trump’s behest, a decision that came just as Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were leaning on Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
But other than Mulvaney’s jaw-dropping news conference, when he all but acknowledged a quid pro quo and told detractors to “get over it,” there’s been no official explanation for the hold on military aid, which was first revealed by POLITICO on Aug. 28.
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