House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn for documents and testimony related to Trump obstruction of justice.
Jerry Nadler subpoenas Don McGahn
Chairman Nadler said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
The Special Counsel’s report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses. It now falls to Congress to determine for itself the full scope of the misconduct and to decide what steps to take in the exercise of our duties of oversight, legislation and constitutional accountability.
Following the scheduled testimony of Attorney General William Barr on May 2, 2019 and the expected testimony of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which we have requested, the Committee has now asked for documents from Mr. McGahn by May 7, and to hear from him in public on May 21. Mr. McGahn is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report. His testimony will help shed further light on the President’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same.
The Special Counsel and his team made clear that based on their investigation, they were unable to ‘reach [the] judgment . . . .that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice.’ As a co-equal branch of government, Congress has a constitutional obligation to hold the President accountable, and the planned hearings will be an important part of that process.
Democrats are going to fully investigate Trump
Don McGahn prevented Trump from engaging in even greater obstructions of justice. McGhan is a critical witness, and importantly, also one that is no longer under the influence of the White House.
There is a clear message being sent with this subpoena. It doesn’t matter what House Democrats decide to do today on impeachment. The investigations are going to move forward, and the noose will tighten on Donald Trump.
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