White House Instructs Ex-Counsel McGahn Not To Comply With Congressional Subpoena

White House tells former counsel McGahn not to comply with subpoena

'The records remain subject to the control of the White House for all purposes...'

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump had to assert privilege because of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler's "blatant abuse of power" regarding the demands over the full report.

Mueller's 448-page report referred to conversations in June 2017 in which Trump called McGahn to tell him he should direct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was overseeing the special counsel's probe, to remove Mueller because of alleged conflicts of interest.

"Top Dems Now Have Access to All But Two Full, Seven Partial Lines of Mueller's Obstruction Report. but it's never been about access; it's about projecting illusion of cover-up", McCarthy tweeted.

Enforcement of congressional subpoenas and contempt citations in the modern era is done through litigation, initially in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, or potentially on an accelerated basis the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cipollone told the committee to redirect its subpoena to the White House.

If the committee goes to court to try to compel McGahn to turn over records, it could lead to a test of executive privilege in the courts that could have implications for the numerous House investigations into the Trump administration.

North Korea's missile launch: "We're looking at it very seriously right now", said Mr. Trump of the three missiles the North fired this week.

Pelosi said she is waiting to see whether Mueller testifies before Nadler's committee about his handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

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NR Columnist Andy McCarthy, who has been one of the most credible writers on the entire Trump-Russia collusion hoax, took to Twitter to explain the Democrats real goal.

NADLER: Well, the attorney - the attorney general first has shown himself to be the personal attorney - he first showed himself to be the personal attorney of the president rather than the attorney general of the United States when he misled the country twice about the contents of the Mueller report and when he's now just seeking to keep all information away from Congress.

Last week, Trump told Fox News that he did not want McGahn to testify, saying, "That is all".

Separately, the Justice Department on Tuesday also threatened to advise Trump to invoke executive privilege over the entire unredacted Mueller report if House Democrats did not back down from a plan to hold Barr in contempt.

Later in the evening, Nadler said in a closed-door meeting with House Democratic leaders that the committee was still exchanging offers with the department and planned to proceed with the committee vote unless they reached an agreement.

As part of an escalating clash between Democrats and the Trump administration, Neal said he talked with lawyers for the House of Representatives on Thursday about next steps and would have a final discussion with them later in the day.

Let me ask you this, you say that we're now in a constitutional crisis. The idea that the special counsel didn't do everything it could to nail Trump is ludicrous. Mr. McConnell asked. "Or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship, and place dividing ourselves to the objective that Putin and his brokers want finest stand on the sidelines and look as their job is performed for them?"

And Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana said the road ahead may be "messy" but Democrats must fight to "protect our democracy".

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