The author of the Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations governing special counsel investigations said President Donald Trump was acting like a vampire in his efforts to obstruct justice.
Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over the entire report by special counsel Robert Mueller in a bid to prevent the investigator from testifying to Congress, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow explained.
"So House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) -- just a moment ago, right here -- said that President Trump’s effort to stop Mueller testifying in Congress about his investigation is a lawless order," Maddow noted. "He just said that here on TV."
"He also said he believes that Robert Mueller wants to testify. He said that the committee is negotiating with Mueller directly," she continued. "He also said that Mueller will not be a Justice Department employee any more within a couple of weeks, suggesting that that may have an impact on whether the president can try to block Mueller’s testimony."
For analysis, Maddow turned to former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who wrote the special counsel regulations while working at the Department of Justice.
"And you’re absolutely right to say this is all one big battle, and you called it Trump versus Mueller. I might call it Trump versus the truth," he said.
"It’s basically Trump who is afraid of all of this stuff coming out to the American public ... and to Congress -- he is acting kind of like a vampire, afraid of sunlight," Katyal explained. "So I am very concerned about whether Mueller will testify."