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: Panel gives chairman power to subpoena Interior | House passes bill to protect wilderness | House Republicans propose carbon capture bill | Ocasio-Cortez introduces bill to ban fracking House Natural Resources gives Grijalva power to subpoena Interior Overnight Energy: Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez bill would outlaw fracking | Emails show weather service employees frustrated by 'Sharpiegate' | House panel schedules vote to subpoena Interior MORE (R-Calif.) said Sunday that it would be to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record 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 BoltonTrump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment Barr back on the hot seat The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE and acting Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request Scaramucci thanks John Kelly for speaking up against Trump Trump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' 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 NadlerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer 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 BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE.