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Live updates on impeachment: Mulvaney backtracks on testimony lawsuit

Mulvaney drops plans to file lawsuit on impeachment testimony
10:47 a.m.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday reversed plans to file a lawsuit regarding his compliance with a subpoena for congressional testimony in the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

His attorneys notified a federal court that Mulvaney “does not intend to pursue litigation regarding the deposition subpoena issued to him by the U.S. House of Representatives” and will instead obey directions from Trump to ignore the subpoena altogether.

Republicans to huddle on strategy
10:45 a.m.

House Republicans are slated to hold a conference meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday when they are expected to focus on impeachment ahead of Wednesday’s public hearing, two senior aides told The Hill.

Republicans unveil defense strategy ahead of public impeachment hearings

7:55 a.m.

Republicans on the House committees conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump outlined their strategy for defending him in a new memo focused on “four key pieces of evidence” they say are “fatal” to Democrats’ allegations about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine’s president. 

Trump rips ‘No Due Process Scam’ as public impeachment hearings loom

7 a.m.

President Trump early Tuesday ripped “2nd and 3rd hand witnesses” one day before the start of public impeachment hearings, labeling the Democratic effort a “No Due Process Scam!”

“Why is such a focus put on 2nd and 3rd hand witnesses, many of whom are Never Trumpers, or whose lawyers are Never Trumpers, when all you have to do is read the phone call (transcript) with the Ukrainian President and see first hand?” Trump asked.

“He and others also stated that there was ‘no pressure’ put on him to investigate Sleepy Joe Biden even though, as President, I have an ‘obligation’ to look into corruption, and Biden’s actions, on tape, about firing the prosecutor, and his son’s taking millions of dollars, with no knowledge or talent, from a Ukrainian energy company, and more millions taken from China, and now reports of other companies and countries also giving him big money, are certainly looking very corrupt (to put it mildly!) to me,” he added.

“Both Bidens should be forced to testify in this No Due Process Scam!”

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