White House Tells Lawmakers Don McGahn Will Not Turn Over Documents

The House Judiciary Committee requested the documents from McGahn in April, but the White House says lawmakers subpoenaed the wrong person.

White House Tells Lawmakers Don McGahn Will Not Turn Over Documents
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The Trump administration ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn not to comply with part of a House committee subpoena.

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed McGahn in April, asking him to testify about the special counsel's obstruction of justice investigation. It also asked him to turn over a long list of documents. 

But in a letter to committee chairman Jerry Nadler on Tuesday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the requested documents aren't under McGahn's control. He said the documents "remain legally protected from disclosure under longstanding constitutional principles, because they implicate significant Executive Branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege." Cipollone went on to say if the committee wants to see those records, it needs to request them directly from the White House.

The committee's request includes records related to the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting; the termination of James Comey; and any possible presidential pardons for people associated with the Trump campaign.

The White House letter focused solely on the disclosure of documents. It did not say whether McGahn has the White House's permission to testify before Congress. President Trump told Fox News that he doesn't want McGahn to testify before Congress and that McGahn's statements to Robert Mueller's team were enough.

McGahn's deadline to hand over the requested documents was Tuesday. He's been subpoenaed to testify on May 21.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.