“I’m not concerned about anything,” Trump said. “The testimony has all been fine. I mean for the most part, I’ve never even heard of these people. There are some very fine people. You have some Never Trumpers. It seems that nobody has any first-hand knowledge.”
Trump also contradicted himself when it came to witnesses testifying to impeachment investigators. Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney defied a congressional subpoena Friday morning by failing to appear for a closed-door deposition. Mulvaney’s counsel advised them “one minute” prior to his deposition start time that the White House directed him not to appear, according to an official working on the inquiry.
The president said he would “love to have Mick go up, frankly.” However, he added: “I don’t want to give credibility to a corrupt witch hunt.”
Democrats view Mulvaney as a key witness because he also serves as director of the Office of Management and Budget, the department that withheld from Ukraine $400 million in U.S. military assistance meant to counteract Russian aggression in the eastern European region. Mulvaney also conceded a quid pro quo occurred—which he tried to later walk back—regarding Trump’s effort to have his Ukrainian counterpart investigate Democrats, among other things, and the withholding of aid.
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