President Donald Trump is refusing to kowtow to an unhinged House of Representatives that wants to subvert the Constitution so it can commandeer the White House.
He told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, host of The Ingraham Angle on Friday he intends to invoke executive privilege to prevent former National Security Advisor John Bolton from testifying in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. He views this as vital in order to preserve the office of the presidency.
“You can’t be in the White House as president, future, I’m talking about future…any future presidents – and have a security advisor, anybody having to do with security, and legal and other things …”
Executive privilege is a right granted to the president and other members of the executive branch to maintain confidential communications and to resist some subpoenas and other oversight by the legislative and judicial branches of government when revealing such information would impair governmental functions.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that executive privilege and congressional oversight are a consequence of the doctrine of the separation of powers, derived from the supremacy of each branch in its own area of constitutional activity.
Democrats have been pushing for testimony from Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton since the beginning of the impeachment inquiry in September last year. An administration source told CNN on Friday that the Senate trial team views any request for testimony from Bolton as going “to the heart” of the President’s constitutional powers under Article II.
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell received a letter on December 15 pushing for a subpoena for Bolton and other senior administration officials to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial.
Democratic House lawmakers are convinced he has firsthand knowledge of events surrounding a phone call from Trump to Ukraine requesting help with a Justice Department probe into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter about deals which were raising questions. The House impeached Trump for probing his ‘political rival,’ considering it an abuse of power. They also impeached him for obstruction of Congress, after he blocked a number of top officials in his administration from testifying in the House and turning over requested documents, citing executive privilege.
Bolton expressed a desire to testify if he is subpoenaed in a statement Monday. “Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study,” Bolton said. “I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” he added.
Radio talk show host Mark Levin said in November: “Now, this is what you need to understand, a president must be able to have legal advice. Must be able to have legal advice without Congress interfering, whether it’s an impeachment proceeding or any other proceeding. Otherwise, there’s no balance of power because the House of Representatives, unless there’s a criminal investigation, is not subject to any subpoenas.”
“If a president can’t turn to a lawyer for legal advice, then it’s a disaster,” he argued. He rejected any move to tilt the balance of power far away from the president to the Congress which would change the structure of the government and inhibit the ability of the chief executive to function.
“There is a circle of advice that a president gets in the inner circle that should be unmolested by these subpoenas,” Levin said.