President Trump said Tuesday that he does not want his aides testifying to congressional panels over issues raised by special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, despite Democratic subpoenas and other requests.
In an interview published Tuesday evening, Mr. Trump said the White House already has fully cooperated with Mr. Mueller’s probe and that Capitol Hill Democrats are just engaging in partisan posturing.
“There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it’s very partisan — obviously very partisan,” he told The Washington Post.
Mr. Trump elaborated that there is no “final, final decision” on whether the White House will formally claim executive privilege to block testimony by such current and former aides as Attorney General William P. Barr or former White House Counsel Don McGahn, but he does not think cooperating with Democratic demands serves any purpose.
“I don’t want people testifying to a party, because that is what they’re doing if they do this,” he said.
The president said in the interview Mr. Mueller had already done all the needed investigation and that he had allowed aides to testify without asserting executive privilege despite his qualms about the Mueller team, whom he frequently rails against on social media as “Angry Democrats.”
“I allowed my lawyers and all the people to go and testify to Mueller — and you know how I feel about that whole group of people that did the Mueller report,” he told The Post. “I was so transparent; they testified for so many hours. They have all of that information that’s been given. … I could have taken the absolute opposite route.”