The latest news on the impeachment inquiry

  • House Democrats have released transcripts of the testimony of two key figures in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland
  • House Democrats sent a letter to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney requesting he appear before impeachment inquiry committees on Friday.
  • Republican leaders are considering temporarily assigning Representative Jim Jordan to the Intelligence Committee for public impeachment hearings.
  • The Justice Department concluded senior White House advisers have "absolute immunity" from congressional subpoenas for their testimony, according to a letter obtained by CBS News.

Washington — House Democrats have released transcripts of the testimony of two key figures in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland.

The House committees leading the impeachment inquiry sent a letter to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney requesting his testimony, a request that is all but certain to be rebuffed.

The chairs of the committees wrote that Mulvaney "may have been directly involved" in efforts by Mr. Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to withhold aid from Ukraine. Mulvaney did not comply with an earlier subpoena for documents related to his involvement with Ukraine policy.

The request comes as transcripts of closed-door testimony by two key witnesses -- Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker -- are set to be released Tuesday. On Monday, the committees released the first transcripts, providing the first public look at the proceedings which have so far been conducted out of public view.

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