Carl Kline, the former personnel security director for the Trump administration, allegedly lashed out against a whistleblower who brought up multiple security concerns in the White House. Now, Kline refuses to follow a congressional subpoena summoning him before the House Oversight Committee, saying that the White House has ordered him not to comply, Talking Points Memo reports.
“With two masters from two equal branches of government, we will follow the instructions of the one that employs him,” reads a letter dated April 22 to House Oversight Committee chairman and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) from Kline's attorney.
Kline's attorney, Robert Driscoll, said he received a letter from White House deputy counsel Michael Purpura, in which the Trump administration demanded that an Office of Counsel to the President representative attend the meeting. But the Committee appears to forbid any member of the White House from attending.
“Because this proposed action by the Committee unconstitutionally encroaches on fundamental Executive Branch interests, on April 18, 2019, the White House informed the Committee that Mr. Kline would be instructed not to appear on April 23, 2019 unless the Committee will allow a representative of the Office of Counsel to the President to attend,” the White House letter reads.
The Justice Department "is aware of and concurs with” the White House's demand for an attorney from the Trump Administration to be present, Purpura continued.