Subpoenaed witnesses have gotten “fired” / reassigned as Trump continues retaliation. One witness was Mick Mulvaney, who never testified but confessed live on television to his part in what John Bolton called a “drug deal”.
Washington (CNN) With a five-month impeachment saga behind them, White House aides are bracing for the prospect of another staff shake-up in the West Wing as President Donald Trump looks to enter a new chapter of his presidency.
Trump effectively lost confidence in his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, months ago, but was convinced not to act by close aides, who argued a leadership change in the White House during impeachment could cause unnecessary chaos.The impeachment ended Wednesday in acquittal. And officials say Mulvaney's future is now in question.
Trump denied that Mulvaney is on the outs, telling reporters Friday on the South Lawn: “That's a false report.”“I have a great relationship with Mick. I have a great relationship with Mark. And it's false,” Trump said, referring to retiring North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, whose name has been floated as a possible replacement. Meadows is traveling to Charlotte with Trump for a Friday event.
Fiona Hill described a tense moment between herself and Gordon Sondland amidst a “very large group” of White House aides and aides to top Ukrainian officials. According to Hill, Sondland was in the process of promising “an agreement with Chief of Staff [Mick] Mulvaney for a meeting with the Ukrainians if they were going to go forward with investigations [into the Biden family]” when she interrupted and attempted to put the kibosh on the whole thing.
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