The White House wants to fight House Democrats' subpoena of testimony and ex-White House counsel Don McGahn, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, DN.Y, is pleased with the move as "one more act of obstruction "by the Trump administration.
Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation.
Fox News is thus told the White House intends to vigorously oppose subpoenas that might run up against executive privilege, a power sanctioned by the Supreme Court that allows the president and members of the executive branch to write certain communications from disclosure, absent a compelling overriding justification.
In an interview with The Washington Post published Tuesday evening, Trump insisted that no "final, final decision" had been made to testify, but emphasized that he had already allowed his associates to speak at length Mueller's team.
There's no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it's very partisan, "Trump told The Post." I do not want to testify to a party because that's what they're doing if they do this. "
There is no reason to go any further. "
Democrats have said goodbye to any enforcers of permissive McGahn to talk to investigators.
Trump added: "I allowed my lawyers to test and testify to Mueller – and you know how I feel about them I have taken the absolute opposite route. "
Neither the "presidential communications privilege," which protects the president and the "deliberative process privilege," which protects even lower-level pronouncements concerning policy discussions, were invoked by the White House to redact any sections of Mueller's report ,
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Nadler on Monday subpoenaed McGahn to testify next month. The top Democrat McGahn described in October 2018 as "a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of justice and other misconduct described in the Special Counsel's report."
In a statement Tuesday the White House would fight back, Nader called the subpoena "valid" and said he would not back down.
May 21, "Nadler said." Mr. McGahn's Special Counsel, and Special Counsel, Mueller to the Subject American public in his report. As such, the moment for the White House has taken some privilege to prevent this testimony from being heard long since passed. "
Nadler added: "I suspect that President Trump and his attorneys know this to be a matter of law and that this evening's reports, if accurate, represent one more act of obstruction President's behavior: The Committee's subpoena stands. "I look forward to Mr. McGahn's testimony."
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On "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace pressed Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on a section of the Mueller's report outlining how Trump allegedly told McGahn to inform the acting attorney that Mueller should be removed in June 2017 – a demand that ignored McGahn. Trump has strongly suggested that claim what 'bulls —.' "
"If he had fired him, there was no obstruction," Giuliani began. "So, as long as he was replaced by somebody, which he would have, and there were good reasons – arguable reasons."
Giuliani insists that McGahn's story has been changed multiple times and that Trump is more likely to be "considered."
Mueller's report contained purpple conversations between Trump and McGahn that have raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill.
"Why do not you take notes?" I never had a lawyer who took notes, "Trump said, according to Mueller's report. The special counsel McGahn responded that he keeps notes "because he is a 'real lawyer' and explained that
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McGahn was a credible witness "with no motive to lie or exaggerate given the position he held in the White House."
Last week, Trump unleashed a series of broadsides claims that his associates had given Mueller damaging information.
Angry Democrat trump haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue, "trump tweeted." Watch out for people that take so-called 'notes,' when the notes never existed until needed. "
John Dowd, who served as President of Trump's legal team from June 2017 until March 2018, backed up Trump on "Fox & Friends" Monday.
Asked when Trump said to Mueller, Dowd said: "Hey never did. McGahn said this, and I was assigned to the president every day. … At no time did the president ever say, 'you know, John, I'm going to get rid of him.' It was the opposite. "
Dowd continued: "Here's the message the president had for Bob Mueller, he told me to carry – number one, you tell him I respect what he is doing; number two, you tell him he has my full cooperation; number three, get it done as quickly as possible; and number four, whatever else you need, let me know. That's what the message and that's exactly what we did. "
Fox News' Samuel Chamberlain and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.