A tumultuous showdown between the White House and the legislative branch is moving into a new phase this week with the President and his team again putting their foot down.
For months, congressional leaders have been attempting to get to the bottom of the Mueller report: A 440+ page document detailing numerous attempts by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 American presidential election. In some instances they have been somewhat successful, but when it comes to delving into Robert Mueller’s inconclusive drivel regarding “obstruction of justice”, these lawmakers have hit a brick wall.
The White House has been reticent to allow the left to add fuel to their desire to undo the results of the 2016 election, and has been blocking and defying subpoenas and requests by Congress for weeks.
Now, as a deadline looms for former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before legislative leaders, it looks as though the administration is again preparing to defy that coequal branch of government.
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The White House is expected to block former White House counsel Don McGahn’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee as soon as Monday, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The options the White House could use to block McGahn’s appearance include claiming McGahn is immune from testifying as a former adviser to the President. The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel is expected to release an opinion that will address the immunity issue surrounding McGahn’s testimony, according to a Justice Department official.
The White House’s expected move to keep McGahn off of Capitol Hill would be the latest in a slew of current and former Trump administration officials defying subpoenas from House Democrats, who are now grappling with how best to respond to the Trump administration’s blanket resistance to their investigations into the President.
The President has indicated that he would like to see Congress get back to work for the American people rather than spending their time on the RussiaGate conspiracy theory.
McGahn, a private citizen at this point in his career, had previously defied a congressional subpoena in this matter, leading many to believe that he will be found in contempt of Congress should he do the same again.
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