Trump: National Security Will Be Hurt If Witnesses Testify At My Trial
President Donald Trump and his impeachment defense team are prepared to argue that allowing witnesses to testify at his upcoming impeachment trial will jeopardize national security, according to Axios, in an attempt to sway Republican senators away from allowing new testimony.
People close to the president told the news outlet that “their most compelling argument to persuade nervous Republican senators to vote against calling new witnesses is the claim that they're protecting national security.” The goal is to hasten the trial and clear the president.
House Democrats delivered two articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate last week: one for abuse of power and another for obstruction of Congress.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone reportedly will argue that the second article “is dangerous and could forever undermine the power of the executive office to protect privileged information.”
Cipollone will attempt to sell senators on the notion that “Presidential claims of executive privilege are especially strong when they involve conversations about national security,” Axios reported, and that “Weakening that privilege would make presidents less candid when they seek counsel from their advisers on national security (think John Bolton).”