Nov 8, 2019

Mulvaney fails to comply with House subpoena

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney failed to comply Friday with a subpoena ordering his testimony before the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine, according to a House official working on the impeachment inquiry.

Where it stands: Mulvaney's outside counsel said that he "had been directed by the White House not to comply with the duly authorized subpoena and asserted 'absolute immunity,'" per the official.

The state of play: This is not an unexpected development, according to Axios' Alayna Treene, who reported last night that Trump would likely exert executive privilege over his conversations with Mulvaney and argue that he has immunity from complying with Congress’ requests.

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Scoop: House committees subpoena Mick Mulvaney

White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

The House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine issued a subpoena Thursday night for acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify on Friday morning as part of their impeachment inquiry, two sources familiar tell Axios.

Why it matters: Mulvaney is the highest-ranking White House official to be subpoenaed yet, and the midnight-hour move suggests the committees are reaching into the final phase of their private investigation as they prepare to take their inquiry public next week.

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Judge to consider Mulvaney request to join suit naming Trump as defendant

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney speaks during an October briefing at the White House. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Monday on Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's request to join a pending lawsuit naming President Trump and congressional leaders as defendants, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Mulvaney asked late Friday to join former Deputy National Security Adviser Charles Kupperman's suit after he failed to comply with a subpoena ordering his testimony before the House committees investigating Trump and Ukraine.

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Mick Mulvaney will not sue to block impeachment inquiry subpoena

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in a court filing Tuesday that he will not file suit to block a subpoena from House impeachment investigators, and will instead refuse to cooperate at the direction of President Trump and the Justice Department.

The big picture: Mulvaney had previously sought to join a lawsuit brought by former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, who has asked a judge to rule whether he should comply with a House subpoena or an order from the president.

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