Democrats’ impeachment probe is starting to inch closer to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and this week they want to depose White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
In a letter to Mulvaney, lawmakers wrote: “the deposition will be conducted jointly by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence … the deposition transcript shall be collected as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry.”
Mulvaney is unlikely to comply with the request and Congress wrote: “your failure or refusal to appear at the deposition, including at the direction or behest of the President, shall constitute further evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the president.”
They added that the committees are “investigating the extent to which [Trump] jeopardized U.S. national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election.”
Lawmakers continued, “based on evidence gathered in the impeachment inquiry and public reporting, we believe that you possess substantial first-hand knowledge and information relevant to the House’s impeachment inquiry.”
Mulvaney would only be the latest Trump aide who would appear in the secured facility on Capitol Hill where the House committees have been interviewing multiple associates each week. Later this week — on the day before Mulaney is asked to testify — they’re expected to hear from former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Transcripts of the testimonies are slowly becoming public and have not boded well for the White House. Two transcripts were released on November 4th and another two were released on November 5th.
Trump is accused of asking the Ukrainian president to investigate the Biden family in exchange for military assistance.