A lawyer for White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney pushed back against reports that he was involved in discussions about holding hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations.
John Bolton never informed Mick Mulvaney of any concerns surrounding Boltons purported August conversation with the president, his lawyer, Bob Driscoll, said in a statement (pdf) on Monday. Nor did Mr. Mulvaney ever have a conversation with the president or anyone else indicating that Ukrainian military aid was withheld in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation of Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 election.
The statement remarked that the “latest story from the New York Times, coordinated with a book launch, has more to do with publicity than the truth.”
“Furthermore, Mr. Mulvaney has no recollection of any conversation with Mr. [Rudy] Giuliani resembling that reportedly described in Mr. Boltons manuscript, as it was Mr. Mulvaneys practice to excuse himself from conversations between the President and his personal counsel to preserve any attorney-client privilege,” according to his statement.
The New York Times reported on a leaked excerpt from Bolton’s upcoming book, where it claimed Mulvaney was present when Trump spoke with Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was fired last year. The NY Times did not include any excerpts from the book, which was apparently leaked to the press.
But the news report has increased pressure on senators to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of Trump, as Bolton has indicated that he would be willing to testify. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) again called on Bolton, Mulvaney, and other White House officials to testify.