SHOWDOWN: White House Plans to Fight House Subpoena of Former White House Counsel Don McGahn by Asserting Executive Privilege
The White House is planning on fighting the House subpoena of former White House counsel Don McGahn and other aides by asserting executive privilege over their testimony.
According to sources who spoke to CNN, the discussion between McGahn’s lawyers and the Judiciary Committee are not that far along yet and other measures are being considered.
The White House will fight the McGahn subpoena and all subpoenas which could collide with executive privilege, reported Fox News.
Colleague John Roberts rpts White House will fight the McGahn subpoena and all subpoenas which could collide with executive privilege.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 23, 2019
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Monday subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to publicly testify next month.
Nadler said that Don McGahn is a “critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Special Counsel’s report.”
According to Mueller’s report, President Trump asked Don McGahn to supposedly lie about reports that he ordered him to fire Mueller. Mueller was never even fired and Trump insists he never said anything like that to McGahn, but Nadler and the Dems are pursuing him anyway.
“The Special Counsel’s report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses,” Nadler said. “It now falls to Congress to determine for itself the full scope of the misconduct and to decide what steps to take in the exercise of our duties of oversight, legislation and constitutional accountability.”
Mr. McGahn was requested to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on May 21st with a May 7 deadline to provide the panel with documents related to Mueller’s probe, reported Fox News.
“His [McGahn’s] testimony will help shed further light on the President’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same,” Nadler said.
Nadler hit back on Tuesday and said, “[T]he moment for the White House to assert some privilege to prevent this testimony from being heard has long since passed. I suspect that President Trump and his attorneys know this to be true as a matter of law — and that this evening’s reports, if accurate, represent one more act of obstruction by an Administration desperate to prevent the public from talking about the President’s behavior,” Nadler said. “The Committee’s subpoena stands. I look forward to Mr. McGahn’s testimony.”
Nadler on WH saying it will work to stop fmr WH Counsel McGahn from testifying. Nadler says “the moment for the White House to assert some privilege to prevent this testimony from being heard has long since passed.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 24, 2019