WASHINGTON — Impeachment investigators on Tuesday asked President Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to appear for a deposition this week as part of its inquiry into the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
Mr. Mulvaney is unlikely to agree with the request that he appear on Friday for a deposition, following a pattern of current and former Trump administration officials who have refused to comply.
Three senior House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry asked Mr. Mulvaney for his testimony because of what they described was his “substantial firsthand knowledge” of the events surrounding a July 25 phone call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. During the call, Mr. Trump pressured Mr. Zelensky to investigate his political rivals as he withheld military aid to the country. Investigators said the exchange, described in an incendiary whistle-blower complaint, was a quid pro quo and an abuse of the Oval Office.
Mr. Mulvaney has said there was indeed a quid pro quo but later tried to reverse himself.
Six other current and former administration officials have refused to appear for testimony this week, including Mr. Mulvaney’s national security adviser, Robert Blair. Mr. Blair was among the officials listening to the July 25 call and likely has details about the president’s instructions to Mr. Mulvaney about freezing nearly $400 million in military aid for Ukraine.
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