Trump’s Twitter attack on McGahn will backfire — and could be used against him in court: Ex-White House official
J.W. Verret, a former member of President Donald Trump’s transition team who now supports impeachment, told CNN on Thursday that the president’s Twitter attacks on former White House counsel Don McGahn would not only backfire — they could be used against him as evidence of criminality.
“Do you feel the president has waived executive privilege,” asked host John Berman, “when it comes to Don McGahn testifying before Congress?”
“30 hours of testimony seems to be enough for a waiver to me,” replied Verret, referring to McGahn’s extensive cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Does executive privilege even apply even if it wasn’t waived?” Verret asked rhetorically. “Because it can’t be used to hide criminal activity.”
“You can make the case, I think, that the tweet this morning waives executive privilege,” said Berman. “If he’s saying, ‘I didn’t tell Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller,’ the only way Congress can find out if he did would be to ask Don McGahn.”
“There you go,” laughed Verret. “There’s all sort of great tweets that are going to be admissible in court and all sorts of things.”
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