The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn for testimony after the release of the redacted report by specific counsel Robert Mueller.
In an declaration, Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, said the committee had requested for files from McGahn by May 7 and for him to testify on May 21.
“Mr McGahn is a critical witness to a number of the alleged cases of obstruction of justice and other misconduct explained in the Mueller report,” Nadler said.
A lawyer for McGahn was not immediately available for comment.
The redacted version of Mueller’s report outlined multiple instances where President Donald Trump tried to thwart Mueller’s probe. It didn’t exonerate him, while it stopped short of concluding a crime had been perpetrated by Trump. Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, subsequently concluded that Trump had not violated the law. Mueller noted that Congress has the capability to address if the law was violated by Trump.
In June (*******************), Trump led McGahn to tell the then-acting attorney general that Mueller had conflicts of interest and have to be removed, ” the report stated.
McGahn refused to execute Trump’s order to fire Mueller”for fear of being seen as tripping another’Saturday night massacre’, referring into a word utilized during Nixon’s Watergate scandal.
Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, accused Nadler of behaving on Monday.
“Don McGahn sat for over 30 hours of interviews with all the special counsel’s investigation, and the chairman has replied that with a stunning 36-object subpoena,” Collins said in an statement. “Instead of looking at stuff that Attorney General Barr has already made available, Democrats prefer to demand additional materials they understand are subject to common-law privileges and cannot be produced.”
Earlier this month, the panel falsified the subpoenas for many former White House officials, including McGahn, former political adviser Steve Bannon, communications manager Hope Hicks, chief of staff Reince Priebus and also deputy counsel Ann Donaldson.
The subpoena comes as House panels ramp up their investigations of Trump.
late week,” Nadler subpoenaed that the Justice Department for the full, unredacted Mueller report. He stated on Sundayhe added McGahn he would call to testify before his committee, together with Mueller and Attorney General William Barr.
“The Special Counsel’s report, in redacted form, summarizes substantial evidence that President Trump participated in obstruction as well as other abuses,” Nadler said in his statement on Monday. “It drops to Congress to determine for itself that the full scope of their misconduct and to determine what measures to take from the exercise of our duties of oversight, laws and constitutional accountability.
Mueller’s report also confirmed that Russian operatives had tried to interfere in the 2016 election to help Trump overcome Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, including by hacking into email accounts.
The analysis found that Trump’s effort took advantage of these ramifications on Clinton, but did not deliberately reach out to collude with the Russians.
Trump has called Mueller’s evaluation a”witch-hunt” and”hoax”. On Monday, he told reporters he was”not a tiny bit” concerned about impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter for her Democratic colleagues on Monday that”while our perspectives vary from moving to look into the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding straight to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the facts”.
She urged Democratic politicians to proceed”free from passion or prejudice”.