Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., on Monday said it would have been "constitutionally wrong" for ex-White House chief of staff John Kelly and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to push ex-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to undermine President Donald Trump, as she claims in a new book.
"I've got nothing but great respect for John Kelly," Huckabee told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "He earned four stars on his shoulder and I have nothing but respect for that but there is something about Nikki Haley. I totally agree with you and applaud her for her candor."
He noted Haley, having been elected before to public office, would have known that a request to bypass Trump's decisions would be the wrong way to go.
"When someone serves at the pleasure of the elected person, it is not their job to arrogantly assume that they know more than he does, that their opinions are more right than his are," said Huckabee, adding the suggestion to go around Trump's wishes was "insulting, it is arrogant, it is just plain out constitutionally wrong."
Huckabee also Monday rejected Rep. Eric Swalwell's, D-Calif., claims that reports of Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine were a "conspiracy theory" and said someone needs to show him what ex-Vice President Joe Biden had to say about the subject.
"Swalwell is totally off the cracker with this one," Huckabee said. "His cheese has fallen to the floor . . . somebody show [him] that tape of Joe Biden bragging about how he told the Ukrainians that if they didn't fire a prosecutor within six hours, the money was off the table and he used some rather salty language and he was boasting about it in a forum publicly."
Swalwell on Sunday ridiculed calls for Hunter Biden to testify during public hearings, which open later this week.
"We're not going to go back in time and revisit conspiracy theories that were implicated in the president’s call," Swalwell told CBS News' "Face the Nation." "If people have relevant information to this investigation and the president's conduct, of course, we want to hear from them."
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