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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.
- The president already has done so with other White House officials, such as Mulvaney aide Rob Blair and former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman.
- Both Blair and Kupperman are waiting for the courts to determine whether they should comply with congressional subpoenas or White House orders blocking them from appearing.