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Democrats and Republicans leading the US House of Representative’s impeachment inquiry laid out the competing cases they will make in upcoming public hearings in duelling memos released on Tuesday. 

House Republicans plan to argue that "the president's state of mind" was exculpatory. Democrats will argue that the evidence will spell out how Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “initiate investigations to benefit the president’s personal political interests in the United States... leveraging an Oval Office meeting desired by the president of Ukraine or by withholding US military assistance to Ukraine”.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in a court filing Tuesday that he will not file suit to block a subpoena from House impeachment investigators, and will instead refuse to cooperate at the direction of President Trump and the Justice Department. Three witnesses are set to testify in public hearings Wednesday and Friday this week.