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

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE said in a new interview that it was "bad form" for the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents 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.  

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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 McConnellGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE’s (R-Ky.) declaration that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 CohenAndrew Cuomo and the death of shame Prosecutors considered charging Trump Organization CFO with perjury: report Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip 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.