White House decries investigations by House Democrats
May 13 2019
According to analysis by the Washington Post, the president and his allies are working to block more than 20 investigations and, House Democrats say, at least 79 Congressional requests for documents, testimony and other evidence. The special counsel's 448-page report, released in redacted form last month, is stuffed with information about the Trump campaign's eager attempts to solicit Russian help to sabotage Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, and the president's subsequent hamfisted efforts to stymie investigations into those attempts-but those details also have the misfortune of being buried in a 448-page government report.
As House Democrats weigh imposing fines on members of the Trump administration figures to try to force officials to obey subpoenas, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., stressed the importance of having special counsel Robert Mueller testify before Congress.
"There are rules and norms governing congressional oversight of the executive branch, and the Democrats simply refuse to abide by them", White House deputy press secretary Steve Groves said in a statement.
"We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister", said McGahn's attorney, William Burck.
The report found that Trump had repeatedly ordered McGahn to fire Mueller, though Trump has denied making such an order. "The White House is engaged in unprecedented stonewalling on all fronts, and they've refused to create a single record or witness into the Oversight Committee during this whole calendar year". "The president can not keep McGahn from testifying". "There's no executive privilege over the hundreds of thousands of documents regarding events that took place before Donald Trump was President".
"I opposed the president when he unconstitutionally - Obama tried to make DACA or immigration law without Congress, I also opposed President Trump when he tried to spend money that wasn't appropriated", he said.
House Democrats had hoped Mueller would come to Capitol Hill to clarify the details in his report as early as Wednesday, but no appointment has been set.
Mueller did not accuse Trump of a crime in his final report, saying he could not charge a sitting president and chose instead to lay out the evidence he had gathered.
The Mueller report details numerous instances in which Trump potentially committed obstruction of justice, though Mueller did not reach a conclusion on the question.