White House Tells Don McGahn to Ignore House Subpoena
In early March, former White House counsel, Don McGahn, hinted that he’d been involved in the Mueller report. Those words rang true when the report revealed that McGahn had been ordered by Donald Trump to fire Robert Mueller. McGahn refused the president’s request.
Democrats, eager to hear more about the lawyer’s story, have subpoenaed McGahn. According to ABC News, the White House will be instructing McGahn to ignore the subpoena and not appear.
Sarah Sanders told the network, “I don’t anticipate that that takes place. We consider this to be a case closed and we’re moving forward to do the work of the American people.”
Sanders’ messaging mirrors that of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell today asked Congressional Democrats to stop pursuing information related to the Mueller report.
Democrats are unlikely to see the matter as a closed case. In the initial subpoena request, House Judiciary Chairman, Jerry Nadler, wrote:
“Mr. McGahn is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report. His testimony will help shed further light on the President’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same.”
If McGahn complies with the administration’s request and refuses to testify, the committee can hold him in contempt of court. The committee has already threatened Attorney General William Barr with contempt after he refused to appear before them last week.