The House Judiciary Committee is going to hold Don McGahn in contempt for following Trump’s orders and not showing up to testify.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler said, “In other words, when this Committee issues a subpoena—even to a senior presidential advisor—the witness must show up. Our subpoenas are not optional. Mr. McGahn has a legal obligation to be here for his scheduled appearance. If he does not immediately correct his mistake, this Committee will have no choice but to enforce the subpoena against him. Mr. McGahn did not appear today because the President prevented it, just as the President has said that he would “fight all subpoenas” issued by Congress as part of his broader efforts to cover up his misconduct. This stonewalling makes it all the more important to highlight some of the incidents that Mr. McGahn is said to have witnessed.”
I was just following orders wasn’t a defense that worked for the Nazis, and it isn’t going to work for Don McGahn. Trump has no legal authority to stop McGahn from testifying. There is nothing legally that Trump can do to prevent the former White House counsel from showing up and answering questions from the House Judiciary Committee.
What Trump has done is threaten McGahn’s career and the law firm that he works for.
The administration’s claims of immunity are a joke. Don McGahn will be found in contempt of Congress and soon or later, he will testify.
Following Trump’s orders has only made things worse and delayed the inevitable for Don McGahn.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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