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

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in a new interview that it was “bad form” for the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. 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.  

{mosads}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 McConnell’s (R-Ky.) declaration that special counsel Robert Mueller’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 Cohen, 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.

Tags Donald Trump Donald Trump Jr. Michael Cohen Mick Mulvaney Mitch McConnell Robert Mueller

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