Pelosi suggests floor vote on Barr contempt not imminent

White House tells former counsel McGahn not to comply with subpoena

Nancy Pelosi: 'Trump is goading us to impeach him'

White House officials didn't respond to a request for comment.

The Treasury Department on Monday missed a third deadline to release Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, telling the Democratic chairman that the Justice Department determined the request "lacks a legitimate legislative goal".

State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, confirmed on Tuesday that the State Senate has enough votes to ensure passage of a bill allowing the commissioner of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to release any state tax return requested by a leader of one of three congressional committees for any "specific and legitimate legislative goal".

Cipollone argued McGahn does not have the legal right to turn them over to the committee.

The White House is barring McGahn from producing the documents and has invoked executive privilege.

"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 said.

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New York's Democrat-controlled Senate approved a bill easily Wednesday that would allow three congressional committees to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose the president's federal returns.

Pelosi said she is waiting to see whether Mueller testifies before Nadler's committee about his handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

Multiple democrats said that the withholding of the full Mueller report is unconstitutional.

In response to the contempt proceedings, the White House invoked executive privilege over the contested portions of the Mueller report.

During Wednesday's Judiciary Committee meeting, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the ranking member of the minority party, said, "Without any valid legislative or administrative reason, we can only assume Democrats, led by the chairman, have resolved to sully Bill Barr's good name and reputation".

He added: "Now is the time of testing whether we can keep a republic, or whether this republic is destined to change into a different, more tyrannical form of govt".

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Trump previously said he would fight congressional subpoenas - writs that compel the attendance of a person in court, or in this case, a hearing.

The battle over McGahn's documents and testimony is expected to be the next front in the ongoing war between the White House and House Democrats.

"He's just trying to goad us into impeachment", Pelosi said in a talk at Cornell's Institute of Politics and Global Affairs.

"I fully expect that the committee will hold Mr. McGahn in contempt if he fails to appear before the Committee, unless the White House secures a court order directing otherwise", Nadler wrote. "Barr, McConnell, Trump - they are here because they are anti-governance".

Democrats want Trump's returns as part of their inquiry into possible conflicts of interest posed by his continued ownership of extensive business interests, even as he serves as president. "And the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are doing exactly what Vladimir Putin would do if he could".

Democrats are now lobbying to see the full Mueller report that's not redacted to mask classified and privileged information. We counter offered and we said, fine, let the members of the intelligence and judiciary committees see the underlying material and the unredacted report and when we made that offer, they broke off negotiations and we had to go through with the contempt.

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