Trump will not have 'war room' response to impeachment

Trump will not have 'war room' response to impeachment
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The White House does not plan to organize a “war room” to respond to an impeachment inquiry like the strategy used by the Clinton administration, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE’s attorney Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowWhite House tweet questions Vindman's judgment Supreme Court temporarily blocks House subpoena of Trump financial records Trump asks Supreme Court to block House Democrats' subpoena for financial records MORE told Axios.

"We have just handled a major investigation that was multifaceted and multi-jurisdictional,” Sekulow told the publication.


“There was no war room. We responded as appropriate. We won that battle,” he added, referencing former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE’s probe, in which Mueller determined he could not exonerate Trump on potential obstruction of justice or establish that members of the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government” on election meddling.

The impeachment inquiry, which will concern allegations Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE and his son under threat of withholding military aid, will “be handled the same way,” Sekulow said.

"Solid teams are in place both inside the White House and outside," he told Axios. "I am confident that we will meet any issues with Congress."

Attorney Lanny Davis, a key player in the Clinton administration’s “war room” in 1998 and 1999, told Axios it was a mistake not to develop a separate strategy for impeachment, noting that Clinton’s incorporated about 12 people, including multiple lawyers.

"Without facts, good or bad, you can't effectively defend against impeachment,” Davis, an opinion contributor for The Hill, told Axios.

Trump has largely continued to speak for himself through Twitter, as is often the case during controversies involving his administration including the Mueller investigation, frequently quoting his allies’ and surrogates’ Fox News appearances, including a Texas pastor who said impeachment of the president could lead to civil war.