Federal judge rules Trump's financial records should be handed over to Congress

Trump blocks former White House counsel from testifying to Congress

The White House said Monday that they have directed former counsel Don McGahn to avoid testifying to Congress about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Judge Amit Mehta's ruling says Trump can not block the House subpoena of his financial records.

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In a letter to Nadler last week, the White House lawyer Pat Cipollone wrote that McGahn was "immune from compelled congressional testimony with respect to matters occurring during his service as a senior adviser to the president". In the days following, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler subpoenaed him for documents and testimony related to that claim.

Independent journalist Judd Legum said the order from the White House was a "pivotal moment" in the ongoing battle between the president and House Democrats.

In court, Douglas N. Letter, general counsel of the House of Representatives, has charged that the lawsuit would dismiss Congress's constitutional oversight powers as "a nuisance. getting in [Trump's] way while he's trying to run the country".

US Congressman Elijah Cummings earlier issued a subpoena to Mazars USA to obtain Trump's private financial records as a means of learning whether he committed illegal activity before becoming the US president. Nadler threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he did not meet a second deadline of 21 May.

McGahn was a key witness in Mueller's probe, particularly into his investigation into whether the President obstructed justice.

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To support its decision, the White House provided a Department of Justice legal opinion.

"So long as Congress investigates on a subject matter on which 'legislation could be had, ' Congress acts as contemplated by Article I of the Constitution", Mehta said in a 41-page opinion.

"The immunity of the President's immediate advisers from compelled congressional testimony on matters related to their official responsibilities has always been recognized and arises from the fundamental workings of the separation of powers", the department's opinion reads.

Nadler added that the committee hearing will continue as scheduled on Tuesday and they expect McGahn to testify "as legally required".

Trump has fumed about McGahn for months, after it became clear that much of Mueller's report was based on his testimony.

A federal judge rejected a similar argument in 2008 in a dispute over a subpoena for Harriet Miers, who was White House counsel to George W. Bush.

Mehta also denied a request from Trump's lawyers to halt the subpoena while the case goes to an appeals court, saying the public interest in the records outweighs the risk of harm to Trump, even if there is a possibility the records leak from Congress.

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