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READ IT: Budget witness Mark Sandy’s testimony released by Intelligence Committee

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Mark Sandy is a career staffer for the White House Office of Management and Budget who was called by the House Intelligence Committee to answer questions about the hold placed on Ukraine military aid.

So far, Sandy has been the only staffer from OMB willing to abide by subpoenas. Former acting director Mick Mulvaney and current acting director Russell Vought have both refused to comply with subpoenas. Mulvaney has gone to the courts with the guidance of whether he should comply with the subpoena or listen to President Donald Trump’s demand that staff refuse to comply.

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“The OMB controls the White House budget and signs off on the dispersal of U.S. foreign aid. Lawmakers have sought information about the White House decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine, as well as the eventual release of the aid in mid-September,” NPR described in its explanation of the agency.

You can read the transcript of the deposition below:


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Prosecutors didn’t believe Lev Parnas claim he wasn’t operating on behalf of Ukraine: CNN

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Buried in a piece about the recent revelations that President Donald Trump was recorded demanding someone "take out" former Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch, CNN revealed prosecutors don't believe Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

"In November, federal prosecutors questioned [Joseph] Bondy about whether his client had been operating on behalf of Ukrainians at the dinner with Trump when Parnas said the ambassador was bad-mouthing the President, according to people familiar with the matter," reported CNN. "On behalf of his client, Bondy rebutted that suggestion, but prosecutors told him they didn't believe Parnas. Bondy declined to comment on any conversations with prosecutors."

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Trump lawyers ‘opened the door’ for him to testify — here are the questions George Conway would ask

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway took to the pages of The Washington Post to lay out the case for why President Donald Trump should testify in his impeachment trial.

"There is an important missing witness in the impeachment of President Trump, and his last name, for all the fulminations of the president’s defenders, isn’t Biden. No, that witness is Trump himself — and the best case for calling him has been established by an argument advanced by the president’s own lawyers," Conway wrote.

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Kellyanne Conway storms out of briefing room after reporters call on her to answer Jim Acosta’s question

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While White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham refuses to hold press briefings, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has been willing to talk to the press. That is unless the press asks questions she doesn't want to answer.

Such was the case Friday when Conway came to the briefing room to answer questions by reporters. When CNN's Jim Acosta asked if the White House was holding back evidence on Ukraine, Conway was annoyed. She started to lecture Acosta.

https://twitter.com/Acosta/status/1220802200412344320

Playboy reporter Brian Karem backed up Acosta.

"It's a simple question," he said.

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