McGahn Wouldn’t Comply With Recent WH Request To Publicly Say No Obstruction

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: White House lawyer, Don McGahn, escorts Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a meeting with Sen. Joe Donnelly (R-IN) on August 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh is me... WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: White House lawyer, Don McGahn, escorts Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a meeting with Sen. Joe Donnelly (R-IN) on August 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh is meeting with members of the Senate after U.S. President Donald Trump nominated him to succeed retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 11, 2019 10:32 a.m.

White House counsel Don McGahn wouldn’t comply with a White House request last month to say publicly that President Trump didn’t obstruct justice, according to new reports in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Just after the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released last month — in which McGahn is painted as a road block to some of Trump’s most egregious requests — the White House asked McGahn to make a public statement declaring Trump didn’t try to obstruct the Russia probe, but McGahn declined. Sources told the Journal that McGahn didn’t want to comment on the entirety of the evidence uncovered or give any additional statements beyond what he shared with Mueller.

The news comes just as the House Judiciary Committee hopes to bring McGahn in for testimony following news that the White House instructed him to ignore their record requests.

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