Report: Democrats Moving “Fast” In Impeachment Probe, Trump WH Frantic
Unlike the Mueller investigation that lingered on for nearly two years, the House impeachment inquiry is moving along at an impressive clip, Axios noted on Tuesday — and the White House grows more tense by the day.
If everyone called by the House to testify agrees to a deposition, Democrats will have interviewed 11 Trump administration officials by the end of next week, the publication surmised, and lawmakers have indicated that testimony delivered so far only bolsters their case.
Officials called to the Hill to testify now include White House Office of Management and Budget acting director Russ Vought, Acting Assistant Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger, and two associates of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia, presented testimony on Monday during a 9-hour closed-door session before Congress, revealing that former National Security Adviser John Bolton directed her to report “a rogue effort by EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, Rudy Giuliani and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney” to the NSC’s top lawyer.
Democratic lawmakers told Axios that “this week's depositions are private partly to prevent other witnesses from coordinating or aligning their testimony with what others say,” but many of the transcripts will likely be released to the public in time.
Meanwhile, some administration officials “are demoralized, amid unusual chaos and uncertainty, even for this West Wing, according to a former top Trump official.”
Axios reported that tensions between Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — Trump’s two primary impeachment strategists — are not getting along so well, and some in the White House disagree with the way Cipollone has handled the situation to date.
Despite the rapid pace at which the inquiry is unfolding, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi maintains that the investigation must be complete by the end of the year.