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Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe

Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe
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House Intelligence Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGreenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats MORE (D-Calif.) knocked acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump says he may lower corporate tax rate to 20 percent if reelected Is Social Security safe from the courts? On The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security MORE late Saturday over his failure to testify in the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE

Schiff in a statement also condemned Mulvaney for working “to block others from complying with subpoenas” and not giving Congress documents regarding the withholding of military aid to Ukraine.

This is the same Mick Mulvaney who publicly admitted from the White House podium that Trump withheld the military aid in order to pressure Ukraine to conduct investigations meant to help the President’s re-election campaign, and the same Mick Mulvaney who was a direct firsthand participant in and witness to the scheme,” the chairman said in the statement. 

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He also contrasted the acting chief of staff with a White House Office of Management and Budget official Mark Sandy and other officials who testified in front of House investigators. 

And the chairman criticized Mulvaney for “hiding behind” Trump.

“If Mulvaney had evidence that contradicted what we’ve already heard, he’d be eager to testify and provide documents. Instead, he’s hiding behind, and assisting in, Trump’s efforts to conceal the truth from the American people,” Schiff said in the statement. 

Mulvaney initially said he wanted to join a lawsuit asking how to respond to an impeachment inquiry subpoena, but changed course, saying he will follow the president’s directions to ignore it.

In a press conference last month, Mulvaney suggested aid was withheld because the president wanted Ukraine to look into a conspiracy theory about the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee. He later walked back those comments.