On Friday, Donald Trump appeared on Fox News. During his interview, he stated that he would not hesitate to use his executive privilege to block his former national security advisor, John Bolton, from testifying in his Senate impeachment trial.
Just last week Bolton spoke out and stated that he was “prepared to testify” if he received a subpoena from the Senate.
During the Fox News interview host, Laura Ingraham asked why he would not let Bolton testify. Trump replied that he had no problem with Bolton testifying in the trial except for “one thing.”
Trump then claimed that he was looking out for Bolton’s best interests. “You can’t be in the White House as president, future, I’m talking about future—many future presidents—and have a security adviser, anybody having to do with security, and legal and other things but especially…,”
Trump was then interrupted by Ingraham who asked him straight out if planned to block Bolton from giving testimony.
“I think you have to,” Trump replied. “For the sake of the office.” Trump then added that he would “love everybody to testify.” he then mentioned listed chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
“But doing so would hurt presidents in the future,” Trump claimed. “There are things that you can’t do from the standpoint of executive privilege,” he added.
Trump then tried to say that Bolton’s testimony could be especially harmful.
“Especially, a national security adviser,” Trump then added. “You can’t have him explaining all of your statements about national security concerning Russia, China, and North Korea—everything. We just can’t do that.”