Judiciary Republican: It would be to Trump's advantage to have attorneys at impeachment hearing

Judiciary Republican: It would be to Trump's advantage to have attorneys at impeachment hearing
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Rep. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockOvernight Energy: Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel | GOP lawmakers push back on bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners | Green groups sue Trump over California fracking plans Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel Republicans eschew any credible case against impeachment MORE (R-Calif.) said Sunday that it would be to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE’s advantage to have attorneys present at this week's House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing.

“That is his right, but I can also understand how he is upset at the illegitimate process that we saw unfold in the Intelligence Committee," McClintock, who sits on the Judiciary panel, said on ABC's "This Week." 

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The California Republican also said he thinks having former National Security Adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Romney pledges 'open mind' ahead of impeachment trial McConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trial MORE and acting Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' McConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trial Biden campaign warns media about spreading 'malicious and conclusively debunked' claims during impeachment trial MORE testify could work in the president’s favor, but he understands why the president and the White House are ordering them not to appear.

“Of course, he has to weigh that against the enormous, catastrophic damage that would do to the doctrine of executive privilege,” he said.

The White House has told previous and current officials that they cannot testify due to executive privilege, but a federal judge ruled former White House counsel Don McGahn had to testify under subpoena. The Department of Justice plans to appeal the decision. 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE (D-N.Y.) extended an invitation to the president to participate in the hearing. The White House has not yet responded.

The Intelligence Committee is expected to release a report by Tuesday evening based on its impeachment investigation, which was sparked by a whistleblower complaint that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate political opponent Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE.