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

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  Bolton sparks internal GOP fight over witnesses 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 allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses Comedians post fake Army recruitment posters featuring Trump Jr. Trump Jr., Ivanka garner support in hypothetical 2024 poll 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 McConnellRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — CDC, State Department warn against travel to China | Biden says Trump left US unprepared for epidemic | Justices allow Trump 'public charge' rule to move forward Progressive group targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment witnesses MORE’s (R-Ky.) declaration that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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 CohenCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats turn to obstruction charge Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump 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.