Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will not appear Friday before House panels conducting the impeachment inquiry, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday.
“I’m told no,” Conway told reporters at the White House when asked about Mulvaney.
“Why would we try to be complicit in an impeachment inquiry that we’re not even sure what it’s about?” she said. “What is it about? If I gave you a blank piece of paper, literally, what would you write on it? What are we telling the American people, right here right now, as to why we’re impeaching the president?”
The Democratic heads of the three committees involved in the inquiry sent Mulvaney a letter on Tuesday asking him to appear being closed doors Friday on Capitol Hill.
They want to question Mulvaney, who also is the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, about whether he was directly involved with President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to hold up nearly $400 million in US military aid to Ukraine.
Democrats allege that Trump suspended the aid package to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to begin an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
In the letter, the Democrats warned of consequences if Mulvaney skips the hearing.
“Your failure or refusal to appear at the deposition, including at the direction or behest of the President, shall constitute further evidence of obstruction,” they wrote.
With Post wires
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