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Trump opposes aides' testimony on Mueller report, ramping up feud with Democrats

John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call on

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is opposed to current and former White House officials testifying before Congress about special counsel Robert S. Mueller's report.

"There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it's very partisan -- obviously very partisan," Trump said in an interview with The Washington Post.

The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena for former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who Democrats describe as a potential star witness in their ongoing probes of all things Trump.

Earlier Tuesday, a White House official told CQ Roll Call that the counsel's office is reviewing that subpoena, and it is mulling potential legal strategies that could include claiming executive privilege or absolute immunity for current and former officials House Democrats seek to compel to testify about findings from the Mueller report.

While the Mueller report looked only at whether the Trump team's actions amounted to criminal activity, the House and Senate, under the Constitution, would take his findings and determine if the president is guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors." Those would be the basis for impeachment proceedings by the House, and would trigger a removal trial in the Senate.

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