Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney filed papers Friday night asking a judge to clarify if he must obey a House subpoena compelling his testify in the ongoing impeachment hearings, or follow White House orders that he not comply.
Mulvaney had been subpoenaed to testify Friday, but did not.
His filing in federal court in Washington seeks to join the lawsuit previously filed by former Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman, who sought the same judicial guidance.
As in the case of Kupperman, Mulvaney “was directed by the President not to comply with the subpoena, after the President obtained an opinion from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel concluding that close personal advisors of the President, like Mr. Mulvaney, are immune from congressional process,” the papers state.
House Democrats have threatened to hold Mulvaney in contempt for failing to obey the subpoena, even if his refusal came “at the direction or behest of the President,” the papers state.
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