Trump has officially blocked White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Trump blocks Don McGahn from testifying
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
At the President’s direction, the White House has been completely transparent with the Special Counsel’s investigation. The Special Counsel received more than 1.4 million documents and hours and hours of interviews from White House officials, including more than 30 hours from former Counsel to the President, Don McGahn. The Democrats do not like the conclusion of the Mueller investigation – no collusion, no conspiracy, and no obstruction – and want a wasteful and unnecessary do-over.
The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to try and force Mr. McGahn to testify again. The Department of Justice has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and Constitutional precedent, the former Counsel to the President cannot be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly. This action has been taken in order to ensure that future Presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of the Presidency.
House Democrats will need to sue to get McGahn’s testimony
If Trump is innocent, and there is no collusion or obstruction as he falsely claims, there is no reason to block Don McGahn’s testimony. Trump doesn’t want McGahn answering the House judiciary Democrats because what McGahn witnessed in the White House could get the president impeached. Trump is going to make the House find McGahn in contempt, and then sue to enforce the subpoena.
Trump is showing his guilt
Sarah Sanders’s statement doesn’t hold up. There is no reason for McGahn not to answer questions from the House Judiciary Committee. The stonewalling of the Trump administration is backfiring and making the president look guilty. Just like he is losing a trade war that he thinks he is winning, Donald Trump is losing a battle with House Democrats that could cost him the White House in 2020.