White House Says It's Blocking Don McGahn From Testifying In Congress
Added 05-20-19 05:07:02pm EST - “A Justice Department legal opinion cites what it calls the ample precedent for a top White House adviser to enjoy immunity from being called up to Congress via subpoena or otherwise.” - Npr.org
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Then-White House counsel Don McGahn looks on as President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in October 2018. McGahn is now barred from talking to Congress, the White House says. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption
Then-White House counsel Don McGahn looks on as President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in October 2018. McGahn is now barred from talking to Congress, the White House says.
The Trump administration is seeking to block former White House counsel Don McGahn from talking to Congress.
That response on Monday to a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee escalated an ongoing political standoff with Democrats over information related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel sent the current White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, a 15-page legal memo on Monday detailing what Engel called the reasons that the White House can keep McGahn and his documents out of the hands of lawmakers.
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