Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

White House asked McGahn to say Trump didn't obstruct justice

White House asked McGahn to say Trump didn't obstruct justice

Many congressional committees are continuing their own investigations following the close of Mueller's, which Trump says had completely exonerated him from all crimes related to Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

Don McGahn in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 24, 2018.

"Trump's noncooperation strategy has shifted from partial resistance to all-out war as he faces mounting inquiries from the Democratic-controlled House - a strategy that many legal and congressional experts fear could undermine the institutional power of Congress for years to come".

"We are already a bitterly divided country and the impeachment process will divide us further, Schiff noted". "It was a request, professionally and cordially made".

Cummings set a May 28 deadline for the White House to provide the requested documents. Despite repeated claims that Mueller's findings exonerate him, the president has tweeted "Bob Mueller should not testify".

Amid Giuliani's public assault on McGahn, Burck contacted the White House to complain that such claims were unwise, according to a person familiar with the discussion. Appearing on ABC's This Week Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Mueller's eventual testimony was "inexorable".

Nadler cited Trump's use of his executive privilege on Wednesday - which was the first time he's waged that weapon in his war against Congress - and his panel's vote on Barr.

Don McGahn leaves the White House on August 30, 2018.

Democrats have confronted Mr Trump and his administration for refusing to co-operate with at least six congressional investigations into his presidency, his family and his business interests. In several cases, the special counsel wrote, there was substantial evidence that the president sought to obstruct the probe, including in his interactions with McGahn.

He acknowledged "Mueller's report did not say that Trump would have been charged had he not been the president" and that "the Mueller report, which identified 10 episodes that could be considered potential obstruction of justice, did not come to a conclusion on whether to charge the president". McGahn prepared to resign at one point rather than carry out Trump's instructions.

The report states "President Trump and his allies are working to block more than 20 separate investigations by Democrats into his actions as president, his personal finances and his administration's policies".

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