Trump impeachment investigation: Mick Mulvaney defies citation

Trump impeachment investigation: Mick Mulvaney defies citation

While claiming that he's not concerned about the ongoing impeachment inquiry testimonies so far, President Trump on Friday reiterated his argument that the now-infamous July call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "perfect" while also railing against the media for now focusing on a second call with the foreign leader.

"We have another transcript coming out which is very important", Mr Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before leaving for a visit to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Transcript of Vindman's testimony was released Friday.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has stood up Democrats in their impeachment inquiry, skipping his 9 a.m. deposition as Democrats wrap up closed-door interviews and move into a public phase of the investigation.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, walks to a secure area at the Capitol to interview a witness in the House impeachment inquiry in Washington on November 6, 2019. Vindman explained to the lawmakers he found it concerning because if a more powerful United States asked Ukraine to investigate a private USA citizen, Kiev may think it's in its national security interests to do so and deliver results favorable to Washington. Sondland said he had "assumed" the aid and investigations were connected and that Trump repeated to him that he did not want a "quid pro quo". "But this is the man who said there was no quid pro quo, and he still said that".

The White House instructed its officials not to comply with the investigation, which is looking at the ppresident's dealings with Ukraine.

The whistleblower accused Trump of abusing his office for political gain and laid out a road map that House Democrats have followed in their investigation.

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Kent told lawmakers that Trump "wanted nothing less than President Zelensky to go to the microphone and say" three words: investigations, Biden and Clinton.

A whistleblower's complaint about that call triggered the impeachment probe.

Mulvaney is seeking to be added to the lawsuit of Charles Kupperman, the former deputy of National Security Advisor John Bolton, who previously asked the same judge to decide if he must testify even though he was ordered not to by the White House.

Kimberly Halkett of Al Jazeera reports from the White House. "I nearly fell over when I discovered that he was doing this report".

The House had withdrawn Kupperman's subpoena, saying it would rely on an order in a separate case, involving the demand for testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

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A US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee official said that Bolton has threatened to take the committee to court if it subpoenas him.

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