White House to Former Counsel Don McGahn: Ignore Those Congressional Subpoenas, We Got You

White House Counsel Don McGahn (R) attends a cabinet meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
White House Counsel Don McGahn (R) attends a cabinet meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images)

The White House is continuing its efforts to defy Congress as new reports note that the Trump administration has directed former White House counsel Donald McGahn not to comply with a Congressional subpoena related to Robert Mueller’s investigation.


Despite McGahn now being a private citizen, the White House is arguing that asking for documents related to Mueller’s Russia investigation fall under McGahn’s time as White House counsel and are therefore privileged information.

Those documents “remain legally protected from disclosure under longstanding constitutional principles, because they implicate significant Executive Branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege,”current White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter Tuesday, NBC News reports. Cipollone added that the House Judiciary Committee “does not have the legal right to disclose these documents.”

McGahn and his documents were subpoenaed last month by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), as the panel was attempting to investigate whether president obstructed justice.

But the current White House counsel shut that down, as they’ve been doing with several committee requests. Not only did Cipollone say that McGahn won’t be producing documents but added that all subsequent requests should be sent directly to the White House so he can Dikembe Mutombo those shits himself.

Oh and get this, Cipollone added that the Justice Department “is aware of and concurs with this legal position” and this makes sense considering that this department is run by Mr. William “Yabaa Dabba Doo Anything the President Wants” Barr.


McGahn faced a Tuesday deadline to turn over documents and as it stands, he’s not turned over anything.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said that the White House was “seeking to accommodate Democrats’ unwieldy demands,” which is totally bullshit, but whatever.


Jesus wept.

And Mueller punted. He didn’t charge Trump with obstruction of justice but he did note several instances that included witness tampering and attempts to disrupt the investigation.


McGahn knows a lot about this, which is why Nadler and crew want him and his documents to step in front of the firing squad.

Nadler notes that McGahn “is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report.”


McGahn’s testimony to Congress would 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,” Nadler said, NBC News reports.

Not to mention that Mueller’s report cites two times in which McGahn and Trump had phone calls in which the president “directed” his then counsel to contact Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to have Mueller “removed” — which, along with many other instances, and according to some 450 lawyers, would amount to obstruction of justice.

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The list of unwinnable fights this asshole picks grows...

He wants to claim Executive Privilege to prevent McGahn from testifying in front of Congress, when the overwhelming consensus from the legal community is that he can’t, since he declined to do so when McGahn was called by Meuller to testify.

He wants to prevent Meuller from testifying before Congress, even though he’ll be a private citizen who can do whatever tf he wants, once he’s concluded his temporary assignment with DoJ.

He wants to keep Congress from getting the unredacted Meuller report AND his tax returns AND business records, despite the fact that Congress has Carte Blanche to demand all of those records be produced. That is backed by both precedent and easily read law.

It’s obvious that Yrump thinks he’ll win by appealing any court loss all the way to the Supreme Court, but any calculus which suggests they’ll give him a win is faulty. He is too stupid to understand that reversing prior SC precedent actively harms the institution. WTF would the Supremes do that? I can’t see more than a few of them doing it, even to advance a conservative cause, or even to repay the president or party who appointed them.

This is a terrible miscalculation borne of extreme hubris and profound ignorance. All this will only temporarily delay the release of all these damaging documents and testimony. They’ll likely all be released just in time for the next election.