Judge rules Trump can't block subpoena of his financial records by Congress

White House Says It's Blocking Don McGahn From Testifying In Congress

In mid-June of 2017, Trump tried to pressure McGahn to intervene with the Justice Department to try to push for Mueller's removal from office based on alleged conflicts of interest, the report said.

Last week, Mehta ruled that the financial records from Trump's business era would be a "proper subject of investigation".

House Democrats issued a subpoena for public testimony and related documents from McGahn in April following the release of the Mueller report.

McGahn, the former White House counsel, is one of a number of former/current Trump administration officials that a number of House committees want to speak with.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited the memo Monday and said the administration has directed McGahn to "act accordingly" with the DOJ's statement.

"This action has been taken in order to ensure that future Presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of the Presidency", Sanders explained.

If McGahn were to defy Trump and testify before Congress, it could endanger his own career in Republican politics and put his law firm, Jones Day, in the president's crosshairs.

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In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said McGahn does not have the legal right to comply with its subpoena for 36 types of documents - most related to Mueller's almost two-year probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump's refusal to let House members question McGhan - who was grilled by special counsel Robert Mueller's team for up to 30 hours during his Russian Federation probe - was the president's latest effort to stonewall House Democrats, who are pursuing multiple lines of inquiry related to the commander in chief.

Nadler had ordered McGahn to appear before his panel on Tuesday.

Experts dispute that claim. McGahn is emerging as a central witness in the committee's probe, after special counsel Robert Mueller's report outlined Trump's directives to McGahn to shut down the Mueller probe.

In court, Douglas N. Letter, general counsel of the House of Representatives, has charged that the lawsuit would dismiss Congress's constitutional oversight powers as "a nuisance. getting in [Trump's] way while he's trying to run the country". Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard, tweeted on Monday: "This WH position can't POSSIBLY be the law when the House is exercising its power to investigate whether the president has committed impeachable offenses".

McGahn, who left the White House a year ago, has increasingly become the subject of Trump's ire following the release of the redacted Mueller report.

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