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Mulvaney did not appear for his scheduled testimony Friday morning despite him receiving a subpoena, because the White House told him he should not appear, claiming that legally he is immune.

A quid pro quo is not necessary to prove high crimes or misdemeanours, which is the standard the US Constitution requires for the impeachment of a president.

"Jen is the type of person who I know to be dedicated to the institution above anything else", Brett Bruen, the former Director of Global Engagement at the White House under President Barack Obama, told CNN.

State Department official Catherine Croft testified last week that Mulvaney had put a hold on almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine four months ago - before Trump's phone call with Zelensky that spawned a whistle-blower report, and the impeachment investigation.

House Democrats have released two new transcripts as they wrap up closed-door depositions in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

It was unlikely Mr. Mulvaney would break with the president and cooperate with the investigation. "This is a hoax", Trump said in a statement to the media on Friday before leaving on a trip to Georgia.

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That call, in which Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family as well as Ukraine's role in the 2016 USA presidential election, is at the center of the impeachment probe.

The transcript for Sondland's testimony before the committees was released earlier this week.

"This is a direct quote from Ambassador Bolton: 'You go and tell Eisenberg that I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up on this, and you go and tell him what you've heard and what I've said'".

House Democrats initiated impeachment proceedings against Trump in September 2019 after a whistleblower complaint accused the president of abuse of power. Adam Schiff, Carolyn Maloney and Eliot Engel, the respective heads of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, said Mr. Mulvaney was a vital, firsthand witness to an alleged quid pro quo.

The White House instructed its officials not to comply with the investigation, which is looking at the ppresident's dealings with Ukraine.

Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican, sought to portray Trump's request for a favor in his phone call with the Ukrainian president as falling short of a demand. She spent about four hours on Capitol Hill on Thursday. In recent cases related to the House impeachment inquiry, federal judges have repeatedly sided with the House, saying it should get what it has asked for. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings next Wednesday and Friday: Taylor, career department official George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine.

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