The White House issued a letter to former White House counsel Don McGahn directing him against turning over documents to House Democrats.
In the letter, which was sent early Tuesday, the administration urged McGahn against supplying the documents subpoenaed by Democrats. It claimed they “implicate executive branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege.” McGhan was due to submit the documents on Tuesday.
The president has publicly stated the claims made in Mueller’s final report about McGahn are false:
“I never told Don McGahn to fire Mueller. If I wanted to fire Mueller, I would have done it myself. It’s very simple. I had the right to and, frankly, whether I did or he did, we had the absolute right to fire Mueller. In the meantime, I didn’t do it. I’m a student of history. I see what you get when you fire people and it’s not good, but there would have been nothing wrong with firing him. Legally I had absolute right to fire, but I never told Don McGahn to fire Mueller.”
A lawyer for McGhan said he would “maintain the status quo” until the White House reached a consensus with the House Judiciary Committee.