Top Obama-era official says Trump is 'destroying' executive privilege amid investigations

Top Obama-era official says Trump is 'destroying' executive privilege amid investigations
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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE's White House on Wednesday for "destroying" the concept of executive privilege with its universal refusal to cooperate with the House's impeachment inquiry.

In an interview on ABC's "Powerhouse Politics" podcast, Katyal accused Trump and White House attorneys of claiming executive privilege "like candy" amid House Democrats' efforts to investigate the president over his dealings in Ukraine.

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"Here, now, you've got a president that claims executive privilege like he's dispensing candy," Katyal said. "It's just left and right."

"You know, what Trump is doing is destroying [executive privilege]," he added.

Katyal went on to say that the revelations about Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine's government into launching politically motivated investigations against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE are enough for lawmakers to vote to impeach the president, telling the podcast's hosts that Democrats "absolutely have enough right now ... to impeach the president and to seek his removal."

"We're still at the very beginning. It's the Senate and the trial in which the eyes of America will really be watching," he added.

Democrats have battled the Trump White House for months over the administration's claims of executive privilege, which have hampered numerous investigations into various Trump officials conducted by the Democratic majority after it took power in January.

Katyal is a frequent critic of Trump's and earlier this year knocked the president for retweeting a conspiracy theory linking the death of multimillionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein to former President Clinton.

“It is unfathomable to me that a President of the United States would retweet this. Literally unfathomable,” Katyal tweeted at the time.