During a Sunday interview with brief communications chief for President Donald Trump, Anthony Scaramucci lamented that if he were to refuse to cooperate with a subpoena he would likely be disbarred. It’s for that reason he hopes both Democrats and Republicans tone down the fiery language and be nicer to Trump’s aides and appointees.
The president has demanded that none of his allies, staff, former staff and former appointees cooperate with the House committees conducting oversight investigations into several concerns with the Trump administration.
“I went to law school, took Constitutional law. I don’t see it today as a Constitutional crisis but I think both sides should be super careful,” Scaramucci told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt. “This much stress on the system. the Constitution dictates the Congress has subpoena power so I think if people around the president decide not to abide by the subpoena power you are tipping things closer to a Constitutional crisis. That will get resolved in the Supreme Court. It will be very hard for me to believe that even conservative judges originalists related to the Constitution would revoke the subpoena power of the Congress. So the flip side is, is the Congress using that subpoena power appropriately or are they just using it for political purposes?”
He went on to say that in some cases Congress isn’t using their subpoena power appropriately. He took issue with the Senate’s recall of Donald Trump Jr. who seems to have lied to them when he testified previously. Scaramucci claimed that the younger Trump is a private citizen and thus should be exempt from any accountability.
“What does he have to hide from the Senate intelligence committee?” Hunt asked.
Scaramucci claimed he didn’t think Don Jr. had anything to hide, despite the subpoena being from a Republican committee.
“They’re drawing a line in the sand saying it’s an abuse of power,” he said. “If he ultimately decides to comply you don’t have a constitutional crisis. I know right now the decision looks like he’s not going to. But that’s happened in the past when people say I’m not going to comply and then they show up. Sam Nunberg was an example of that, he said he wasn’t going to comply and then he shows up. I don’t like the weaponization of the powers of Congress.”
He noted that if he were subpoenaed he would show up because he passed the bar in New York and he would likely be disbarred if he didn’t comply with a subpoena. It’s unclear if former White House counsel Don McGahn or Attorney General Bill Barr would similarly be disbarred if they refused to comply with a subpoena.
“But if I was a barred lawyer and I said, ‘Hey, I’m not coming to a subpoena,’ my guess is I would get disbarred or come close to getting disbarred unless I had some ridiculously substantial reason. I don’t like it, I would like both sides to dial it down.”
Hunt seemed surprised by his fleeting comment at the end of his remarks.
“Who knew one day you were going to be on television telling us all to dial it down,” she told Scaramucci.
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