President Donald Trump said he will use executive privilege to prevent former White House aide John Bolton from testifying in the forthcoming Senate impeachment trial.
When he was asked by Fox News host Laura Ingraham if he would invoke executive privilege to block Bolton from testifying, Trump said that “I think you have to for the sake of the office,” referring to the presidency.
“No problem other than one thing,” Trump said. “You cant be in the White House as president, future, Im talking about future … any future presidents, and have a security advisor, anybody having to do with security, and legal and other things.”
Trump said on Thursday he didnt back a plan to stop Bolton from testifying, telling reporters, “I dont stop it.”
Bolton said on Monday he would be willing to testify if he is subpoenaed during the Senate trial, which some Democrats have seized as a sign that witnesses need to be called during the proceedings. Democrats have delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate and some have argued that Bolton, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and others should testify.
In a statement on Monday, Bolton wrote: “Since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.” Bolton left the Trump administration last year.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House will prepare to send articles of impeachment next week after her caucus and Senate Democrats failed to get any concessions from Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in the upper chamber.
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