President Trump explained to the media that he is not only fighting for himself but he is also fighting for future presidents by not allowing administration officials to testify to Congress.
According to The Hill:
President Trump on Tuesday claimed he was blocking current and former administration officials from testifying in the impeachment inquiry to protect future presidents. The tweet came one day after a federal judge ruled former White House lawyer Don McGahn must appear before a House panel.
Trump argued in a trio of tweets that he “would love to have” McGahn, former national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney testify. The White House has thus far blocked officials from complying with Democratic requests for testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.
U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an Obama appointee, ruled Monday that, despite White House arguments, McGahn was not immune from compelled congressional testimony and must testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
The Trump administration has appealed the decision, but Trump’s insistence that he would “love” to let some of his top aides testify may hamper his legal argument that they should have immunity.
The interesting take away here is the praising of Bolton as a “patriot” signaling that the feud concocted by the media may not exist.
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