According to new reports, the White House has rejected House Democrats’ efforts to force testimony from Don McGahn, former counsel, announcing he will not appear at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
“The DOJ has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and Constitutional precedent, the former Counsel to the President cannot be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly,” the White House said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders added, “This action has been taken in order to ensure that future presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of the Presidency.”
The move comes in response to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s subpoena of McGhan in late April.
WH informs House Judiciary that at the direction of the president, former WH Counsel Don McGahn will not appear at tomorrow’s hearing to give testimony. Current WH Counsel Pat Cipollone cites DOJ opinion that McGahn is “absolutely immune” from providing compelled testimony. pic.twitter.com/8CtMxFH1BS
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 20, 2019
Trump supporters took to social media to praise the move, while others condemned Democrats for their repeated attempts to continue investigations into the president.
— Dr.Patriot,MD PhD🗯 (@DrDeplorable2u) May 20, 2019
Love it. It’s turnabout time. Pack sand Dems. 😎
— WinkFlyer (@WinkFlyer) May 20, 2019
Good. Enough is enough…
— bigEASYeric 🇺🇸 (@bigeasyDAYTONA) May 20, 2019
Sounds like democrats are trying to manufacture something that is not there.
— All American USA USA (@catwoody20) May 20, 2019
It’s NOT just DOJ opinion. It’s long standing, Supreme Court Supported. The U.S. Constitution is very clear here. The Democrats are illegally overreaching and spewing false information aka LIES in mainstream media to get citizens all riled up thinking the AG/DOJ is misbehaving.
— Lynette Johnson (@Profitigation) May 20, 2019