Trump claims he's blocking impeachment testimony to help future presidents

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Trump has ordered all current and former officials not to testify to Congress, but he claims he's only trying to protect other presidents, not himself.

Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that he actually would love to have top current and former aides testify in the impeachment inquiry, but that doing so might hurt future presidents.

"The D.C. Wolves and Fake News Media are reading far too much into people being forced by Courts to testify before Congress," he tweeted Tuesday, a day after a federal judge ruled that former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena — contrary to White House demands.

"I am fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President. Other than that, I would actually like people to testify," Trump continued. "Don McGahn’s respected lawyer has already stated that I did nothing wrong." McGahn, a key witness in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, reportedly refused to exonerate Trump of alleged obstruction of justice.

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Trump also claimed that he would love to have former national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney "testify about the phony Impeachment Hoax." But he has ordered them not to cooperate with the investigation, he said, because "future Presidents should in no way be compromised. What has happened to me should never happen to another President!"

Trump and his administration have refused to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry, defying subpoenas and attacking the inquiry as "baseless" and "unconstitutional."

They have also refused to provide other information to Congress, such as Trump's tax returns, and blocked witnesses from participating in other oversight matters. Trump refused to testify in Mueller's investigation, instead offering only partial written answers to questions. Mueller determined these answers to be "inadequate" and documented at least 10 "discrete acts" where Trump may have tried to obstruct justice.

On Tuesday, Trump's Department of Justice appealed the ruling requiring McGahn to testify. Trump could grant any and all of the witnesses permission to testify before the impeachment inquiry at any time.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.