Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats thought they had a whistleblower lined up that would deliver the smoking gun that would lead to Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Democrats were already planning their victory party.
But then Donald Trump shut down Pelosi’s impeachment scheme with just two words.
Democrats demanded former White House counsel Don McGhan testify before Congress.
McGhan spoke with Robert Mueller’s investigators for 30 hours and played a starring role in the obstruction of justice claims of Mueller’s report.
But White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Donald Trump would put a stop to this by invoking executive privilege.
The Hill reports:
The White House has ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn not to turn over documents to Congress because President Trump may exert executive privilege to block their release.
Pat Cipollone, the current top White House lawyer, wrote a letter on Tuesday asking the House Judiciary Committee to go through the White House to request 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,” Cipollone wrote to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Judiciary panel.
“The White House records remain legally protected from disclosure under longstanding constitutional principles, because they implicate significant executive branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege,” Cipollone added.
Executive privilege dates back to the Eisenhower administration when the President asserted the right to block White House aides from testifying to Congress about discussions with the President.
Democrats contend the White House waived executive privilege when he allowed McGhan to testify to Mueller.
This issue is sure to be litigated in the courts and it may end up being the most high stakes legal battle of the Trump Presidency.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.