A senior official at the Office of Management and Budget, Mark Sandy, has shocked the White House by agreeing to cooperate with a subpoena to testify in the impeachment proceedings.
Although the OMB attempted to block Sandy from testifying, the longtime White House official broke with White House ranks to comply with the subpoena. He is the first OMB official to defy Trump’s direction and meet with investigators.
An impeachment official confirmed the decision, stating “in light of an attempt by OMB to direct Mark Sandy not to appear for his scheduled deposition, and efforts to limit any testimony that does occur, the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to compel his testimony.”
He continued, “as required of him by law, Mr. Sandy is complying with the subpoena and answering questions from both Democratic and Republican Members and staff.”
Several other OMB officials have stood with Trump against Democrat subpoenas, including acting director Russ Vought who described the impeachment as a “sham process.”
White House officials have presented a fairly unified front in the face of Democrat subpoenas up until now, with many others defying the summons to appear before the Democrat-led committees.
Earlier this month, four senior White House officials refused to comply with subpoenas to testify in private, citing “absolute immunity from compelled congressional testimony.”
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