Nov 12, 2019

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.

  • House Democrats dropped the subpoena for Kupperman last week, arguing that even if Kupperman's lawsuit is dismissed, the decision would be delayed by a prolonged court process.
  • They have also indicated that they will not pursue litigation to enforce a subpoena for Kupperman's former boss, John Bolton, and will instead use his and other officials' refusal to cooperate as evidence of White House obstruction.

Go deeper: Official testifies Mulvaney coordinated plan to push Ukraine for Biden investigations

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Bolton's lawyer says McGahn ruling does not apply to national security officials

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Charles Cooper, an attorney who represents former national security adviser John Bolton and his deputy Charles Kupperman, argued Tuesday that a ruling that found former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena does not apply to national security officials.

Why it matters: House Democrats had hoped that Bolton and other officials may use the ruling, which is being appealed, to justify cooperating with the impeachment inquiry.

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Why the missing testimony from the impeachment inquiry matters

As impeachment moves into its next phase, House Democrats lack testimony from major players in the Trump administration about allegations that the president withheld military aid and a coveted White House meeting to pressure Ukraine into investigating his domestic political rivals.

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A viewer's guide to the impeachment hearings

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The next phase of impeachment begins at 10 a.m. today with the first public hearing about President Trump's actions toward Ukraine — so here's a look at the witnesses you're likely to see.

Why it matters: Impeachment so far has been a messy and confusing process, with so many subplots that it's easy to lose track of what really matters: whether Trump held up military aid and a White House meeting with Ukraine's new president in exchange for a public promise to investigate Joe Biden's family.

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