"The Department of Justice has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and constitutional precedent, the former counsel to the president can not be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Monday.
The decision comes amid a widespread effort by the White House and the president's lawyers to refuse to cooperate with congressional requests for information and records. An Obama-appointed judge upheld a House Democrat subpoena over President Trump's tax returns.
The committee insisted that the disclosure of the records is necessary to determine whether Trump was not in breach of the emoluments clause, which they say prohibits his businesses from profiting from deals with foreign governments.
Another Democrat on the committee, David Cicilline, warned that if Mr McGahn stayed away, politicians might need to push ahead with an impeachment inquiry against Mr Trump in order to compel his administration to produce witnesses and documents.
Mazars has seven days until it will have to comply with the subpoena, Mehta said in his opinion Monday, but the judge refused to halt the subpoena after that. Later, when news articles about the incident surfaced, McGahn told Mueller's investigators that Trump tried to get him to dispute the accuracy of the reports. "Accordingly, the court will enter judgment in favor of the Oversight Committee".
In the NY case, Trump, his business and family want to prevent Deutsche Bank and Capital One from complying with House subpoenas for banking and financial records.
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On April 22, Trump and affiliated organizations and entities filed suit, requesting that the court declare the subpoena "invalid and unenforceable" as it questioned the legislative validity of the Democrats' demands. A Wednesday hearing is planned in that case.
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In his opinion, Mehta pointed to "broad investigative power" with which the committee is endowed while refusing to speculate whether the Democrat-driven hunt for Trump's records is politically motivated. "But those limits do not substantially constrain Congress".
Mehta said that was true in this case, pointing to the committee's memo outlining four areas of investigation, each of which he said Congress could legislate on.
An appeal would test decades of legal precedent that have upheld Congress's right to investigate, arguing the novel theory that a president's past dealings are irrelevant to the legislative branch's fundamental job of writing bills.
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.
That war, going back to before his election, has included the Obama administration spying on the 2016 Trump campaign, Obama officials submitting apparently fraudulent documents to a court to obtain spy warrants and Obama bureaucrats vowing to "stop" Trump from being elected and implement a back-up plan if the first plan failed.