The White House this week instructed former staff security director Carl Kline to check a summons issued by the House Oversight Committee as part of the panel's investigation into the controversial administrative review process for administrative officials.
Kline was deleted to appear before the Committee for an interview on Wednesday, but was told by the White House to ignore the application unless a White House Council representative is allowed to participate in the interview.
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"y The client has been told not to be shown tomorrow. With two gentlemen from two equal government leaders, we will follow the instructions of the person using him." Kline's lawyer Robert Driscoll wrote to committee chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Late Monday.
Driscoll attached a letter from Deputy Director to President Michael Purpura, revealing the administration's instructions to Kline to hesitate his trial.
"This letter serves to inform you that Mick Mulvaney, acting president's chief of staff, has not directed Mr. Kline to appear on April 23, 201
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Last week, the White House requested that the Committee "allow a representative of the Presidential Office to participate in" Kline's interview, but the Committee rejected the request.
Driscoll wrote to Cummings late Monday that the decision to comply with the White House's claim was "not made easy and does not come from any bad will or deliberate dislike" on his or Kline's side.
"We wanted to answer the legitimate regulatory issues of this committee but warned of an impending conflict," Driscoll writes, adding that they have done their "best" to avoid the problem. "It is my sincere hope that this industry dispute can be drafted. In that case, we will promptly and eagerly arrange a time with the committee's staff for his voluntary appearance. Thank you for your understanding."
Kline's application was issued as part of the committee's study of security clearance issued to senior Trump administration officials, including Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former White House assisted by Rob Porter.
The probe intensified after Tricia Newbold, an 18-year-old state official who oversees the issuance of clearances for some senior white maids, revealed that she drafted a list of at least 25 officials initially denied security clearance last year but had senior officials overruled these denials.
The claims were described in a letter and memo published Monday by Cummings.
Documents based on Newbold's March 23 private committee interviews do not identify officials on the list, but say they include "two current senior white house officials, as well as contractors and individuals" in various parts of the ex president's organic office  The White Huss's aversion to the Kline case comes after lawyers for Trump on Monday to sue the committee to prevent the president's accounts.
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The Supervisory Committee, earlier this month, said it would appeal to the accounting firm Mazars USA LLC for Trump's financial information. annual reports, periodic reports and independent auditors' reports from Mazars, as well as records of communication with Trump.
In his application, Cummings referred to February testimony of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen who claimed the president
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