White House orders McGahn not to comply with House subpoena

​The Trump administration is directing former White House counsel Don McGahn not to comply with a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to turn over documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“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,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote Tuesday to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the committee.

“Because Mr. McGahn does not have the legal right to disclose these documents to third parties, I would ask the Committee to direct any request for such records to the White House, the appropriate legal custodian,” Cipollone said in the letter.

Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration would direct McGahn not to comply.

“I don’t anticipate that that takes place,” she told ABC News. “We consider this to be a case closed and we’re moving forward to do the work of the American people.”

Nadler issued a subpoena to McGahn on April 22 after Mueller’s report showed that he played a pivotal role in President Trump’s efforts to have the special counsel fired.

“His testimony will help shed further light on the President’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same,” Nadler said in a press release last month.

McGahn faced a 10 a.m. Tuesday deadline to turn over the documents requested.

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