Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney went after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for their “bad form” after the committee subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., on Wednesday.
During an interview on CBS’s podcast “The Take Out” on Wednesday, Mulvaney said he had “no opinion” regarding the subpoena of Trump, as the president’s son is “a private citizen.”
The White House’s acting chief of staff then blasted the Senate Intelligence Committee as having “bad form” for subpoenaing Trump without giving the president’s son “a heads up” while taking a shot at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for “politiciz[ing]” the House committee.
“The fact that the president’s son got a subpoena from a Republican-led committee — and, listen, I’m all for bipartisanship on intel committees. I think it’s one of Adam Schiff’s great failings is to sort of politicize the intel committee in the House, so I have no difficulty with bipartisanship — but to subpoena the President of the United States’s son and not at least get a heads up I thought was, let’s say, bad form.”
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Mulvaney was then pressed on whether the president had any knowledge of his son’s subpoena, which he responded to by saying he “had no idea” if the president knew because “he left for Florida” that day.
The host joked that Mulvaney “would be in a position to know” about the subpoena as acting White House chief, to which Mulvaney weighed in, saying:
“Well, maybe not because, again, he’s a private citizen and not a member of the administration, but it would be highly unlikely that it would end up in the White House and I would not know about it. Possible, but not likely.”
As IJR Red previously reported, some Republican lawmakers spoke out against the Senate Intelligence Committee’s move, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasting Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) as having not gotten “the memo from the Majority Leaders that this case was closed.”