Kline and McGahn Subpoenas

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We ran the numbers: There are 1191 news articles covering this topic. 53% (631) are left leaning, 37% (435) center, 10% (125) right leaning.

The White House has instructed former personnel security director Carl Kline to ignore a subpoena issued by House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, it was revealed this week. Cummings had subpeoned Kline in early April to appear for a deposition on Tuesday. However, the White House instructed Kline to defy the subpoena unless a representative from the White House council is permitted to attend the deposition. Cummings criticized Kline for his decision to follow the White House’s directions, writing in a statement "The American people want transparency and accountability from this administration, but we can't provide that if we don't have the information we need.”

Additionally, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler on Monday issued a subpoena to former White House counsel Don McGahn. The Mueller report that was released on April 18 revealed that McGahn revealed that President Trump had asked McGahn to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller on more than one occasion. Furthermore, Trump and the Trump Organization have sued Cummings to block his subpoena for Trump’s business records.

Articles covering the subpoenas from the right were likely to speak of the White House as fighting the Mueller investigation and opposing demands by Democrats. Fox News, for instance, ran a story with the headline “Trump Vows to Take Impeachment Fight to the Supreme Court.”. The New York Times meanwhile covered the confrontation between Trump and Congressional Democrats, running the headline “Democrats Ask and Trump Says No, Signalling a Bitter Fight Ahead.” The Times  article also emphasized Democrats’ strong intentions to continue pursuing investigations into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.