The White House will fight House Democrats' testimony and documents from ex-White House counsel Don McGahn, Fox News is told – and almost immediately, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, DN.Y, characterized the move as "one more act of obstruction" by the Trump administration
The brewing fight over the McGahn appeal was set to set up a series of other contentious legal showdowns as Democrats seek to publicly question more current and former Trump aides who featured prominently in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's investigation
Fox News is also told the White House intends to vigorously oppose appeals that might run against the executive privilege, a power sanctioned by the Supreme Court that allows the president and members of the executive branch to shield certain internal communications from disclosure, absent a compelling overriding justification
In a interview with The Washington Post published Tuesday evening, Trump insisted that no "final, final decision" had been made on whether to assert executive privilege to block aides from testifying, but stressed that he had already allowed his associates
"There is no reason to go any further, especially in Congress where it's very partisan ̵
Democrats (19659909)" There is no reason to go any further. have suggested that Trump effectively waived any assertions of executive privilege by allowing McGahn to talk to investigators.
Trump added: "I allowed my lawyers and all the people to go and testify to Mueller – and you know how I feel about that whole group of people who did the Mueller report. "I was so transparent, they testified for so many hours."
Neither the "presidential communications privilege," which protects the talks of the president and senior aides, and the "deliberative process privilege," which protects even lower-level talks on policy discussions, was invoked by the White House to redact any sections of the Mueller's report
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But as Democrats ramp up their investigations following the release's release, Trump and his
The White House has won an early victory in that effort on Tuesday, after House Democrats agreed to postpone a deadline for Trump's financial records, following Trump's lawsuit challenging the appeal.
Nadler on Monday subpoenaed McGahn to witness publicly next month. The top Democrat described McGahn, who stepped down as a White House counsel in October 2018, as "a critical witness to many of the alleged cases of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Special Counsel's report."
In a statement Tuesday night responding to reports that the White House would fight back, Nader called the "valid" call and said he would not back down
"We have asked him to supply the documents to the Committee by May 7 and to testify here on May 21, "Nadler said." Our request covers the subjects described by Mr. McGahn to the Special Counsel, and described by Special Counsel Mueller to the American public in his report. As such, the moment for the White House to assert some privilege to prevent this testimony from being heard has long since passed. "
Nadler added: "I suspect that President Trump and his attorneys know this is true as a matter of law – and that this evening's reports, if accurate, represent one more act of obstruction by an Administration "
EX-TRUMP ATTORNEY DOWD DISPUTES MUELLER REPORT, SAYS TRUMP NEVER ORDERED MCGAHN TO FIRE MULLER
On "Fox News Sunday," guest Chris Wallace pressed Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on a section of the Mueller report outlining how Trump allegedly told McGahn to inform the acting attorney that Mueller should be removed in June 2017 – and demand that McGahn ignored. "Trump has strongly suggested that the claim was 'bulls —.'"
"If he had fired him, there would have been no obstruction," Giuliani began. "
Giuliani insisted that the accounts of McGahn's story have changed several times and that Trump was just calling for Mueller's supposed conflicts of interest to be "considered."
Mueller's report contained purported conversations between Trump and McGahn that raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill
"Why do you take notes? and a lawyer who took notes, "Trump said, according to Mueller's report. The special counselor said McGahn responded that he kept his notes "because he is a real lawyer and explained that notes create a record and are not a bad thing."
These notes appear to have angered Trump, but also allowed Mueller to conclude that McGahn was a credible witness "with no reason to lie or exaggerate given the position he held in the White House."
Last week, Trump unleashed a series of broadsides on the claims that his associates had given Mueller damaging information.
"Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue , "Trump tweeted. "
John Dowd, who served as a member of the legal team's President Trump from June 2017 to March 2018, backed up Trump on" Watch out for people who take so-called notes, "when the notes never existed until needed. "Fox & Friends" Monday.
Asked when Trump said to fire Mueller, Dowd said: "He never did. I was there at the same time that the report says McGahn mentioned this, and I was assigned to deal with Mueller and briefed the president every day. …
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 fast as possible, and number four, whatever "
Samuel Chamberlain and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report
This is the message and that's exactly what we did.