Lawyers: Trump May Have Waived Executive Privilege in Mueller Case

Saul Bowman
Мая 10, 2019

SHAPIRO: OK. What can you tell us today about the White House's instructions for the man who used to be the White House's top lawyer?

A few hours before the vote, the Justice Department said the president would invoke executive privilege to block the release of the unredacted report.

While testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his oversight of the special counsel Robert Mueller, Barr was asked about Trump's efforts to get McGahn, who was the White House counsel at the time, to have Mueller removed.

Manafort is now serving a almost four-year sentence for financial fraud convictions obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The House Judiciary Committee is in talks for Mueller himself to appear May 15, but there is no agreement yet, and Trump has previously said Mueller should not testify.

"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", he wrote.

"We are simply expanding that authority, to allow the state tax department to share that information with one of three congressional committees", Hoylman said.

Cipollone argued McGahn does not have the legal right to turn them over to the committee.

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On June 17, 2017, Trump called McGahn at home and "directed him to call the Acting Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein] and say that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest and must be removed", the report said.

As the standoff over President Trump's federal tax returns deepens in Washington, New York State lawmakers say they intend to advance a bill on Wednesday to allow congressional committees to see Mr. Trump's New York State returns. By rebuffing Congress, she said, the White House is essentially committing the kind of obstruction of justice Mueller probed in his report.

McGahn, who left his post as White House counsel past year, was directed not to produce White House records related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation inquiry that are being sought by the House panel, said Pat Cipollone, the current White House counsel.

During Wednesday's Judiciary Committee meeting, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the ranking member of the minority party, said, "Without any valid legislative or administrative reason, we can only assume Democrats, led by the chairman, have resolved to sully Bill Barr's good name and reputation". But Trump said Thursday he would leave it up to Barr.

Late Wednesday the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee issued his own subpoena to the Justice Department for the full Mueller report, as the confrontation intensifies.

"This administration wants to have a constitutional crisis because they do not respect the oath of office that they take to protect and defend the Constitution, support the constitution of the United States", she said.

Pelosi said at a news conference that the House Democrats' investigations "will give us the facts and the truth".

A committee vote on that could occur that same week, but it would be a tight schedule to also have a floor vote on the potential McGahn contempt citation and Barr contempt citation before the House departs May 23 for its week-long Memorial Day recess. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump's nemesis in Congress, has refrained from calling for his impeachment.

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