WASHINGTON — Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has stood up Democrats in their impeachment inquiry, skipping his 9 a.m. deposition as Democrats wrap up closed-door interviews and move into a public phase of the investigation.
Democrats subpoenaed Mulvaney late Thursday as the White House signaled that he wouldn’t appear. The White House has instructed its officials not to comply with the investigation, which is looking at President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
An official working on the inquiry said that Mulvaney’s lawyer informed the committees leading the impeachment probe one minute before the deposition was supposed to start that Mulvaney had been directed not to comply with the subpoena. The person said Mulvaney’s lawyer said he has “absolute immunity,” a claim that Democrats have challenged in court for other administration witnesses.