WASHINGTON – In a Friday evening court filing, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney asked to join a lawsuit aiming to force federal courts to decide on whether White House officials have to testify in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Mulvaney, who witnesses have placed at the center of the Ukraine controversy, had been scheduled to testify in the impeachment inquiry on Friday morning, and was subpoenaed on Thursday, but defied the subpoena. His lawyer cited “absolute immunity” from testifying, a protection Democratic lawmakers have dismissed.
Kupperman defied a House subpoena on Monday while awaiting the decision because he worried any decision he makes “will inflict grave Constitutional injury on either the House or the President,” as stated in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, had originally been filed on Oct. 25 by Charles Kupperman, a deputy to former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Kupperman’s 17-page filing says that if he defies Trump, he could hurt the president’s ability to receive confidential advice from top aides. Trump, who called the inquiry a partisan “witch hunt,” vowed to fight all subpoenas.
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Kupperman ended up defying a House subpoena in October while awaiting the decision because he worried any decision he makes “will inflict grave Constitutional injury on either the House or the President,” as stated in the lawsuit.
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