White House instructs former counsel Don McGahn not to comply with congressional subpoena

The deadline for McGahn to turn over documents is Tuesday.

The White House has instructed former White House counsel Donald McGahn not to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats for documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to a letter sent Tuesday from White House counsel Pat Cipollone to McGahn's attorney William Burck.

Earlier Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on ABC News' "The Investigation" podcast “I don’t anticipate that that takes place,” when asked whether the White House would allow McGahn to comply with Democrats’ request. “We consider this to be a case closed and we're moving forward to do the work of the American people.”

Democrats could move to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress in response to their subpoena for information and his testimony. They are already preparing to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress over refusing to provide lawmakers greater access to an unredacted version of the Mueller report.

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