Mulvaney: 'Bad form' for Senate panel to subpoena Trump Jr. without 'heads up'

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says Democrats shouldn't use debt ceiling as leverage MORE said in a new interview that it was "bad form" for the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump campaign selling branded plastic straws as alternative to 'liberal paper straws' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit MORE without a "heads up."  

“To subpoena the president’s son and not at least get a heads-up is, let’s say, bad form,” Mulvaney told CBS News's "The Takeout" podcast, adding that he learned about its existence shortly before the subpoena was issued.  


Mulvaney also said he did not know whether the president, who left for Florida Wednesday, had been informed of the subpoena before Mulvaney himself was. Mulvaney added that as acting chief of staff, he was less in the loop about matters involving figures outside the administration.

“I have no opinion about it because he’s a private citizen and not a member of the administration,” he added.

Asked how he reconciled the subpoena with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE’s (R-Ky.) declaration that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s probe was “case closed,” Mulvaney said Trump and his eldest son are “two different people” and McConnell’s remarks were in reference to questions relating to whether the president colluded with Russia or obstructed justice.

“Now it’s time to move on to the business of government,” Mulvaney said. “Does that mean other individuals may or may have not done other things? I have no idea, but I think that’s what Mr. McConnell was speaking to … there was no reason Mitch McConnell would go to the floor to talk about Don Jr.”

The Hill confirmed the Senate committee's subpoena Wednesday evening.

Trump Jr. testified behind closed doors to the House and Senate intelligence committees in December 2017, with neither committee releasing a transcript of his testimony.

He also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 on plans to expand his father’s businesses into Russia.

Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Cummings asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe Judiciary chair demands Hope Hicks clarify closed-door testimony MORE, the president’s former personal attorney, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee earlier this year that the younger Trump was far more involved in the project than his testimony indicated.