Congressional Democrats have issued a subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn. The announcement was made earlier today by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler.
“The Special Counsel’s report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses,” Nadler wrote in a statement. “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.”
“Mr. McGahn is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report,” Nadler added. “His testimony will held 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 to do the same.”
The Judiciary Committee is asking McGahn to testify in public on May 21 according to Nadler’s statement.
McGahn told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators that the President asked him to have Mueller fired because of perceived conflicts of interest. McGahn believed those accusations were without merit and threatened to resign in protest. The President ultimately relented on that request..
McGahn left the White House in October.
The Mueller Report shows that investigators found insufficient evidence to charge the President either with conspiring with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election or with obstruction in justice in the ensuing investigation.
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