Skip to comments.White House tells McGahn to defy House subpoena, as DOJ asserts 'immunity'
Posted on 05/20/2019 2:24:47 PM PDT by jazusamo
President Trump has directed former White House Counsel Don McGahn to skip a House Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday, citing a Justice Department opinion that he cannot be compelled to testify about his official duties.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted Democrats for continuing to pursue Trump investigations, saying they want a "wasteful and unnecessary do-over" in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe -- and describing the subpoena for McGahn as part of that.
"The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to try and force Mr. McGahn to testify again. The Department of Justice has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and Constitutional precedent, the former Counsel to the President cannot be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly," Sanders said. "This action has been taken in order to ensure that future Presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of the Presidency."
The related DOJ memo said McGahn, like other senior advisers to a president, has "immunity" from being compelled to testify about his official duties.
"This immunity applies to the former White House Counsel. Accordingly, Mr. McGahn is not legally required to appear and testify about matters related to his official duties as Counsel to the President," the memo said.
The New York Times first reported that the president would likely direct McGahn to skip the hearing.
The move could set the stage for the panel to vote to hold the former White House counsel in contempt for defying a congressionally issued subpoena. Fox News is told the committee still intends to meet on Tuesday, whether or not McGahn is present.
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Another predawn raid planned....
eat moar chikin!
You can’t allow the Dems to railroad everyone in trying to get Trump.
They will probably have another empty chair hearing so a$$hole chicken man can make an a$$ of himself AGAIN.
Ha! I pray they do and show everyone again how they double down on stupid. :^)
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What if he testifies anyway? Just wondering..........
LOL! I sure hope so, he’s been looking kinda pale lately.
He needs Suspenders.
Give him a pair, with big gold MAGA buckles!
Look at Nadless, over an eight of a ton. :^)
I know that cartoon character.
I’m pretty sure he is “Twiddle-Dum”, who stood next to a “Twiddle-Dee”. I don’t recall which Disney story it was from though.
According to judge Napolitano President Trump waived his privilege when he allowed Mcghan to testify in Mueller probe.
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