House prepares subpoenas of top White House officials in Trump probe

White House directs former aide not to answer over 200 questions in congressional probe

Kelly was chief of staff during the time in which the Mueller report stated Trump directed former White House counsel Don McGahn to have the special counsel removed.

According to a transcript of written answers Donaldson provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the White House's objections stemmed from "constitutionally-based Executive Branch confidentiality interests that are implicated".

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper after the subpoena was announced, President Donald Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow said the White House was also not planning to prevent the testimony.

The House Judiciary Committee intends to authorize subpoenas to 12 of former special counsel Robert Mueller's witnesses - including President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his former deputy Rod Rosenstein, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former chief of staff John Kelly and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski according to Politico.

Trump's concerns that Sessions' recusal would leave him unprotected "from an investigation that could hobble the presidency".

Fox News contributor Sol Wisenberg said Tuesday that Democrats "think the American people are stupid" and need to hear former Special Counsel Robert Mueller explain his report on Russian election interference.

McGahn's warnings to Trump to refrain from contacting then FBI director James Comey about the Russian Federation investigation.

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"To me the only reason for doing that is to create some kind of public spectacle, and if Bob decides that he doesn't want to be subject to that then the Department of Justice would certainly back him", Barr said, though he added that he would not work to block the testimony.

The Judiciary panel is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice after Mueller's report detailed several episodes in which Trump tried to influence his investigation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday declined to answer a reporter's question about an assertion by Attorney General William P. Barr, saying he had lied to Congress and that she would no longer address "anything more that he has to say".

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said they've been trying to get information about the zero tolerance policy and the 2,700 family separations that resulted, but they haven't gotten what they wanted.

Later in the day, the president's spokesman for the investigations blasted committee Democrats in a statement that claimed they were still pining for a different outcome to the special counsel investigation. The Judiciary Committee plans to challenge that concept in court. The former special counsel is not expected to provide information beyond what is contained in his report, but Democratic lawmakers say they hope his testimony will inform the American public of his findings and help them lay the groundwork for impeaching the president. Prosecutors emphasized, however, that if they had confidence that Trump did not commit a crime, they would have said so.

There's no indication that Mueller does not wish to appear before Congress on July 17. He did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had attempted to obstruct justice, though he did not exonerate him.

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