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 McClintockHispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Overnight 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 MORE (R-Calif.) said Sunday that it would be to President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says 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 Bolton Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office US retaliates with missile strikes in Iraq MORE and acting Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMeadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House Meadows set to resign from Congress as he moves to White House 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 NadlerHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' 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 BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE.