White House Counsel Pat Cipollone says the man who formerly held his position does not have the legal rights to the documents Democrats in Congress are demanding he produce. His reluctance angered Mr. Trump, who believed that Mr. McGahn showed disloyalty by telling investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about Mr. Trump's attempts to maintain control over the Russian Federation investigation.
"We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister", Burck said.
"I don't think I can let him and then tell everybody else you can because especially him because he was the counsel", Trump said last week. The revelations came as the Democrats on Friday increased their pressure on the White House on other fronts.
White House officials declined to comment.
McGahn's refusal to make a public statement appeared to annoy the president and some of his aides, who believed McGahn was being unnecessarily uncooperative, the people said. But it seems Rudy Giuliani answered that question. "He was all for President Obama using executive privilege and now he's against this president".
Schiff said that by doing so, Trump officials "want to drag this out as long as possible".More news: ‘Empire’ will end with Season 6
After a hearing Tuesday, a federal judge is also expected to rule on the House Oversight's subpoena for financial records from Trump's personal accounting firm.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, including Chairman Jerry Nadler, subpoenaed Barr for an untouched copy - complete with grand jury testimony - of Mueller's report, which was finished and turned over to the attorney general at the end of March.
Many Democrats fear that Trump may be laying an impeachment trap that could consume the House majority, distract them from key issues like health care and alienate persuadable voters.
Don McGahn leaves the White House on August 30, 2018.
According to the redacted Mueller report, cited by Politico, Trump instructed McGahn to inform Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that Mueller must be fired. In several cases, the special counsel wrote, there was substantial evidence that the president sought to obstruct the probe, including in his interactions with McGahn.
Mueller found no evidence of collusion but left it up to Attorney General Bill Barr on whether or not to bring obstruction charges. McGahn prepared to resign at one point rather than carry out Trump's instructions. His problem, Barr said, was more with the timing of the release of information - Mueller wanted the report released sequentially; Barr wanted to release it all at once.