UPDATED 10:32 AM PT — Friday, November 8, 2019
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney did not show up for testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. A senior Trump administration official said Mulvaney simply “won’t be showing up,” and cited “absolute immunity” just one-minute before his deposition was set to begin on Friday.
This comes after the House Committee issued a subpoena calling on Mulvaney to appear before lawmakers Friday morning. President Trump touched on the issue while speaking to reporters, saying he didn’t want to give credibility to a “witch hunt.” The president had this to say on the topic:
“I’d love to have Mitch go up, frankly, I think he’d do great. I’d love to have him go up. I’d love to have almost every person go up when they know me. What I don’t like is when they put all these people that I never met before…when they put the head of the Never Trumpers on the stand, and even those people were okay, they were fine.”
Mulvaney also did not comply with an October request to provide Ukraine-related documents. Democrats have reportedly scheduled 13 witnesses to testify this week, but only two have actually shown up so far.