House authorizes lawsuits against Barr, McGahn

The House Judiciary Committee chairman says his panel will move “as quickly as possible” to seek court enforcement of a subpoena against former White House Counsel Don McGahn. (June 11)

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GOP at McGahn hearing: Dems want fight, not facts

The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee accused Democrats of theatrics when they held another hearing with an empty witness chair, this time for former White House Counsel Don McGahn who refused to appear before the committee. (May 21)

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Nadler on McGahn: ‘Our subpoenas are not optional’

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler rebuked President Donald Trump and former White House Counsel Don McGahn for defying a subpoena for McGahn’s testimony before the committee Tuesday. (May 21)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday May 21st: Iran’s president says he is seeking wartime executive powers; Congress may hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt; Trump campaigns in Pennsylvania; Severe weather in Southern Plains

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What Congress Can Do When A President Ignores Its Subpoenas (HBO)

Tensions between the White House and Congressional Democrats hit a new high yesterday, after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the IRS would not turn over Donald Trump’s tax returns to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who requested them last month.

A 1924 law requires the IRS to obey the request, but Mnuchin said he was turning it down because it wasn’t being made a legitimate legislative purpose.

This isn’t a one-off. Instead, it’s part of a bigger pattern of Trump rejecting congressional oversight of all kinds. Today, for instance, the White House said it had instructed former White House counsel Don McGahn to ignore a congressional subpoena for documents related to the Mueller Report. And in just the past week, Attorney General William Barr refused to show up to testify at the House Judiciary Committee in a dispute over who would get to question him, and ignored a subpoena requiring him to turn over the full, unredacted Mueller Report.

Congressional Democrats are fulminating in response. But the tools they have to compel the president to cooperate with their investigations are, in practice, pretty limited. They can:

1) Vote for contempt-of-Congress charges against Trump officials who ignore subpoenas. Criminal contempt charges can result in jail time. But the catch is that any such charge has to be referred to a US Attorney for prosecution. And since US Attorneys work for Trump’s Justice Department, there’s almost no chance that those charges will ever be prosecuted.

2) File suit against the administration in court, which could result in a court order requiring the administration to obey the subpoena. But that process is a long and drawn-out one, and there’s no guarantee, in the end, that the administration would even follow the court order.

3) Take the direct route, and order the sergeant-at-arms to arrest recalcitrant Trump officials. This sounds bizarre, but the Supreme Court has held that Congress has the authority to use its own police to enforce its dictates. The problem is that the last time Congress did this was back in 1935, and trying to arrest someone like the Secretary of the Treasury would leave the Democrats in completely uncharted waters.

Which means what we’re likely to get is what we’ve been getting: Democrats complaining and Trump stonewalling.

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Trump on investigations: ‘It’s done’

President Trump signaled that he would not allow former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress. An interview with Trump aired on Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier and Fox News @Night with Shannon Bream. (May 3)

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(29 Aug 2018) Here’s the latest for Wednesday August 29th: White House Counsel Don McGahn is departing; the late Sen. John McCain lies in state at Arizona Capitol; A skirmish over scallops erupts; Thousands pelt each other with tomatoes. (Aug. 29)

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Analysis: Significance of Trump Mueller Report

According to The New York Times, President Donald Trump ordered White House lawyer Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June. Trump pushed back Friday against the report calling it “Fake news.” (Jan. 26)

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Trump Calls NY Times Mueller Report ‘Fake News’

President Trump called New York Times report that he ordered special counsel Robert Mueller fired ‘fake news.’ The Times reports Trump ordered the firing last June but backed off when White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to quit. (Jan. 26)

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Flynn’s Resignation Took 18 Days — Here’s How He Used Them (HBO)

Less than a week after Trump’s inauguration, Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates held a private meeting with White House Counsel Don McGahn. Yates told McGahn that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had lied when he said he hadn’t discussed Russian sanctions with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak before Trump took office. There were 18 days between that meeting and Flynn’s resignation. VICE News Tonight looks at what Flynn did during those 18 days.

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