Mulvaney subpoenaed to testify in House impeachment probe

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A transcript of Taylor's closed-door deposition was released publicly Wednesday.

Hill recalled Sondland saying that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had agreed Trump would meet with Ukraine's president if they opened investigations into "the energy sector", which she said was code for Burisma. The panels released the transcript from that closed-door hearing, along with that of Fiona Hill, former senior director for Europe and Russian Federation at the NSC, on Friday. "And if they want it, I'll give it to them", Trump said. The Trump administration had asked for a statement that Ukraine was investigating an energy company connected to the Bidens and the 2016 us election.

Vindman said Sondland asked the Ukrainian officials to leave the meeting when he realized Vindman thought the request for investigations into the Bidens was "inappropriate".

House investigators have released the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a top specialist on Ukraine on the National Security Council. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings Wednesday and Friday: the US ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, career department official George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine.

Vindman is the only government official interviewed so far in the impeachment inquiry who listened to the call between Trump and Zelensky. It was not immediately clear whether the president was referring to that call or another unreported conversation he held with his Ukrainian counterpart, The Independent said.

Mulvaney's move in court adds him to the ongoing case of another uncooperative impeachment witness, former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, who sued House members and the White House before his scheduled testimony, asking a court to resolve whether he should follow the White House's orders that he is immune from testimony or the House's subpoena. Both testified about their concerns as Trump pushed Ukraine for investigations of Democrats.

House investigators are trying to determine whether the Congress-approved military aid was tied to Trump's request for a personal political favor. "I don't like doing it because it's such a bad precedent", Trump said. That claim is contradicted by the whistle-blower report and Sondland, who said in supplemental testimony this week the withholding of aid was directly tied to the president's pressure for a Biden investigation.

Mr Trump on Friday objected to the public sessions, even though he, the White House and Republican allies, had objected to interviews taking place behind closed doors. The House Intelligence Committee did not issue a subpoena to Bolton after his attorney threatened to go to court to fight if it was issued, an official on the panel said.

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