The House Foreign Affairs Committee wrote a letter Tuesday to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, asking him to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry into the president.
The letter asks Mulvaney to appear Friday for a closed-door deposition in front of the Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Government Affairs, and Intelligence committees.
The committee also warned that if Mulvaney refused to appear, it would constitute “further evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the President.”
Based on evidence gathered in the impeachment inquiry and public reporting, we believe that you possess substantial firsthand knowledge and information relevant to the House’s impeachment inquiry. Specifically, the investigation has revealed that you may have been directly involved in an effort orchestrated by President Trump, his personal agent, Rudolph Giuliani, and others to withhold a coveted White House meeting and nearly $400 million in security assistance in order to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to pursue investigations that would benefit President Trump’s personal political interests, and jeopardized our national security in attempting to do so.
The committee points to reporting by The New York Times that indicates former national security adviser John Bolton was concerned about Mulvaney, Giuliani, and Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s alleged attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton allegedly said.
Mulvaney previously came under fire, including from conservative allies, for a White House press briefing in which he appeared to admit that the administration orchestrated a quid pro quo with Ukraine.
Mulvaney blamed the media for distorting his comments, wherein he said that Ukrainian aid was at least partially contingent on investigations into the missing Democratic National Committee (DNC) server from the 2016 election. (RELATED: Mick Mulvaney Says He Can See How People Took His News Conference The ‘Wrong Way’)
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.