So far, Nadler has only issued a subpoena to McGahn, and not the other four White House officials.
On Wednesday, when President Donald Trump upped the stakes in his ongoing battle with Congress by moving to keep the whole of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report and its underlying evidence under wraps, the sweeping claim of executive privilege was completely absurd on its face.
In one instance, the report said Trump called McGahn shortly after the media reported in June 2017 that Mueller was investigating the president for obstruction of justice. Nadler rejected a White House claim that documents McGahn refused to provide despite a subpoena are controlled by the White House and thus McGahn has no legal right to them.
"The White House provided these records to Mr. McGahn in connection with its cooperation with the special counsel's investigation and with the clear understanding that the records remain subject to the control of the White House for all purposes", Cipollone said.
Pelosi said, "Grim Reaper, we have bad news for you". During Barr's own testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the attorney general said he had "no objection" to letting Mueller testify.
In the report, Mueller concluded that there was no evidence of collusion by Trump, anyone on his campaign, or any US citizen.
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The decision to assert executive privilege to redact portions of the document rested with the president and he chose to not request any redactions "in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people", according to Barr.
Recall that it was the same Jerry Nadler who back in 2012 touted that he "just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG [Eric] Holder in contempt". "And [Nadler] wants to do it as soon as possible, and so do we". But Trump said Thursday he would leave it up to Barr.
White House officials say they have directed former White House counsel Don McGahn not to cooperate with a House investigation. Trump has several times raised the possibly of pardons for his former associates.
Asked whether classifying the current state of affairs as a "constitutional crisis" devalued leadership's restraint from advocating for impeachment, Pelosi said, "No, I think that what we want to do is get the facts". House Democrats were hoping to make McGahn their star witness as they seek to unpack major findings of the Mueller report. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement calling it "a stunning act of political cynicism and a brazen violation of the oath we all take". The contempt charge is in response to Barr's failure to hand over an unredacted version of the Mueller Report.
The inter-branch conflict has centered on the committees in the House - which is controlled by the Democrats - and their requests for information from the administration. Mr. McConnell asked. "Or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship, and place dividing ourselves to the goal that Putin and his brokers want finest stand on the sidelines and look as their job is performed for them?"
The report, with redactions made to four categories of information, was released last month.