Former Trump Lawyer To Testify Before US Congressional Committee | Donald Trump News
Don McGahn’s testimony comes after two years of legal challenges and will be in camera with a transcript coming later.
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is set to question former White House lawyer Don McGahn behind closed doors on Friday, two years after House Democrats initially requested his testimony in connection with ‘investigations into former President Donald Trump.
The long-awaited interview is the result of an agreement reached last month in federal court, and a transcript will be released to the public within a week.
House Democrats – who were then investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct the Department of Justice’s investigations into his presidential campaign’s ties to Russia – initially sued after McGahn defied a subpoena to appearing April 2019 on Trump’s orders.
This month, the Justice Department released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the matter. In the report, Mueller ostensibly did not exonerate Trump from obstructing justice, but neither did he recommend prosecuting him, citing Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president.
Mueller’s report cited extensively from interviews with McGahn, who described the Republican president’s efforts to hush up the investigation.
While the judicial panel has finally won its fight for McGahn’s testimony, the judicial agreement almost guarantees that its members will not learn anything new. Both sides have agreed that McGahn will only be questioned about information attributed to him in the publicly available portions of Mueller’s report.
Still, House Democrats have upheld the case, even after Trump’s presidency, and are moving forward with the interview to make an example of the former White House lawyer.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York State, said the deal for McGahn’s testimony is a good faith compromise that “satisfies our subpoena, protects duty constitutional committee to exercise oversight in the future and protects the sensitive prerogatives of the executive branch. â.
It’s unclear what House Democrats will do with the testimony, which they demanded before impeaching Trump twice. The Senate acquitted Trump of the impeachment charges each time.
As a White House lawyer, McGahn had an insider perspective on many of the episodes that Mueller and his team examined for potential obstruction of justice during the Russia investigation.
McGahn has proven to be a central – and damning – witness against Trump, with his name mentioned hundreds of times in the text of the Mueller Report and its footnotes.
McGahn described to investigators the president’s repeated efforts to hush up the investigation and the directives he said he received from the president that pissed him off.
He recounted how Trump demanded he contact then Attorney General Jeff Sessions to order him to withdraw from the Russia investigation. McGahn also said Trump implored him to tell then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to remove Mueller from his post due to perceived conflicts of interest – and, after this episode was reported in the media, to publicly and falsely deny that the request was ever made.
McGahn also described the circumstances that led to Trump’s dismissal by Trump of James Comey as director of the FBI, including the president’s insistence on including in the dismissal letter that Comey had reassured Trump that he was not doing so. personally under investigation.
And he was present for a critical conversation early in the Trump administration, when Sally Yates, just before she was fired as interim attorney general as an Obama appointee, brought her concerns to McGahn at the about new national security adviser Michael Flynn. She raised the possibility that Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – and his subsequent interview with the FBI – left him vulnerable to blackmail.
Trump’s Justice Department fought efforts to have McGahn testify, but U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in 2019 rejected Trump’s arguments that his close advisers were immune from a subpoena. the Congress.
President Joe Biden appointed Jackson to the Washington Court of Appeals.
The University of Virginia Law School announced Tuesday that Mueller will teach a six-session course titled “Bringing Students to the Heart of the Inquiry” titled “The Mueller Report and the Role of Special Counsel.”