The transfer raises the prospect that the Home Oversight Committee might search to carry Kline in contempt, a step that Chairman Elijah Cummings warned Monday he would take. And it is the newest White Home effort to stonewall Democratic investigations, coming the identical day the Trump Group filed a lawsuit to stop an accounting agency from complying with Cummings’ subpoena for President Donald Trump’s previous monetary data.
Michael Purpura, deputy counsel to Trump, argued that Cummings’ subpoena of Kline “unconstitutionally encroaches on basic government department pursuits,” in line with a letter obtained by CNN.
“With two masters from two equal branches of presidency, we are going to observe the directions of the one which employs him,” Driscoll mentioned in a separate letter obtained by CNN.
The flurry of letters capped a day of tense talks forward of Tuesday’s anticipated deposition with Kline, a key witness as a part of Democrats’ probe into whether or not the White Home mishandled the safety clearance course of for high officers, together with for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
The White Home had contended that Kline wouldn’t reply questions on people’ safety clearances however would speak extra usually in regards to the course of — and pushed for an official from the White Home counsel’s workplace to attend Tuesday’s interview, one thing rejected by Cummings, a Maryland Democrat.
In one other letter obtained by CNN, Cummings mentioned White Home counsel Pat Cipollone beforehand knowledgeable the committee that Kline wouldn’t seem on Tuesday until the committee allowed somebody from the White Home counsel’s workplace “to seem with Mr. Kline to be able to protect and defend Govt Department confidentiality pursuits.”
Cummings responded Monday: “The Committee won’t allow a consultant out of your workplace to attend the deposition,” including that Kline could be held in contempt if he did not adjust to the subpoena.