Wells Griffith, a Mobile native and special advisor in President Donald Trump’s administration, was one of two planned witnesses who defied requests to testify as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry being lead, primarily, by House Democrats.
Griffith, a special assistant to the president and senior director for international energy and environment at the National Security Council, failed to show up for an impeachment hearing Tuesday morning along with Michael Duffey, an official from the Office of Management and Budget.
Both were requested to testify in the ongoing probe of whether Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine unless leaders agreed to investigate one of his 2020 challengers, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Like other witnesses that have been called into the hearings from within the administration, neither Griffith nor Duffey responded to the request to give a deposition, which was supposed to take place before three congressional committees leading the House’s impeachment inquiry.
Calls made to Griffith Tuesday afternoon were not immediately returned.
A Mobile native and graduate St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Griffith has long been involved with the Republican party — working campaigns in Alabama and Mississippi. He also ran his own unsuccessful campaign for Alabama’s District 1 House seat in 2013, losing in the primary to Rep. Bradley Byrne.
According to his Linkedin profile, Griffith has worked at the National Security Council since 2018 and previously served as a principal deputy assistant secretary and senior White House adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy — a roll he took on after working with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
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