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OMB Employee To Testify Saturday In Impeach Inquiry

By    |   Thursday, 14 November 2019 09:49 PM

A longtime career employee at the White House Office of Management and Budget is set to testify Saturday in the House Democrats impeachment inquiry, potentially filling in important details on the holdup of military aid to Ukraine.

Mark Sandy would be the first OMB employee to testify in the inquiry, after OMB acting director Russell T. Vought and two other political appointees at the agency defied congressional subpoenas to appear. 

The White House has called the impeachment inquiry unconstitutional and ordered administration officials not to participate.

Unlike these other OMB officials, Sandy is a career employee, not one appointed by the president. He has worked at the agency off and on for over a decade, under presidents of both parties, climbing the ranks to his current role as deputy associate director for national security programs.

“If he is subpoenaed, he will appear,” Sandy’s lawyer, Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder, told the Washington Post on Thursday night.

Sandy is expected to testify during a closed-door deposition, which is not open to the public, the Post reported.

An unnamed senior administration official discounted the importance of Sandy’s testimony and criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) for calling him to testify, the Post reported.

“Democrats are going to be sorely disappointed when their latest false narrative isn’t confirmed,” the official said. “With nothing to show after three years trying to impeach the President, Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Schiff have resorted to threatening dedicated civil servants with subpoenas and depositions without the ability to even have agency counsel present.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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