President Trump on Tuesday told The Washington Post in a new interview that he is opposed to current and former White House aides providing testimony to congressional panels after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Trump told the newspaper that complying with congressional requests was unnecessary because the White House has already cooperated with Mueller’s probe of Russian interference and the president’s own conduct in office.
“There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it’s very partisan — obviously very partisan,” Trump said.
Trump’s defiant declaration came as the White House made clear this week it had no plans to comply with requests for information from Capitol Hill, a move the Post said was moving “the two branches of government closer to a constitutional collision.”
The Post adds:
On Tuesday, two White House officials said the administration plans to fight a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee for former White House counsel Donald McGahn by asserting executive privilege over his testimony.
Separately, the administration directed a former White House official not to comply with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee, prompting the panel to move to hold him in contempt of Congress. And the Treasury Department defied a second demand from House Democrats to turn over six years of President Trump’s tax returns.