House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) rebuked President Donald Trump on Tuesday for blocking former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying, docking it as the latest move in the president’s “pattern of obstruction and cover-up.”
“Over 900 former federal prosecutors from across the political spectrum, whose job was to determine when the elements of a crime had been satisfied, have stated — have agreed that the president committed crimes that would have been charged if he were not the sitting president,” Nadler stated on the House floor.
Calling out Trump’s “conduct since the report was released,” Nadler broke down the series of events causing him to raise concern for the president’s “pattern of obstruction and cover-up well beyond the four corners of the Mueller report”:
“The president has declared out loud his intention to cover up this misconduct. He told Mr. McGahn to commit crimes on his behalf. He told Mr. McGahn to lie about it. After the report came out, the president claimed that Mr. McGahn lied to the special counsel about what happened. Then he directed Mr. McGahn to not to come here today so that the public would not hear his testimony and so that we could not question him.”
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“We will not allow the president to prevent the American people from hearing from this witness [or] block congressional subpoenas. We will hold this president accountable one way or the other.”@RepJerryNadler makes it clear: Trump won’t get away with obstructing justice. pic.twitter.com/b0GHjiHNnH
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Nadler then slammed Trump for “hid[ing] behind his lawyers,” arguing that the president is using “baseless legal arguments designed to obstruct our work” so that he can “run out the clock on the American people.”
The House Judiciary Committee chairman went on to affirm that “this committee will hear Mr. McGahn’s testimony even if we have to go to court to secure it,” as he listed all of the things his committee will not let the president do:
“We will not allow the president to prevent the American people from hearing from this witness. We will not allow the president to block congressional subpoenas, putting himself and his allies above the law. We will not allow the president to stop this investigation, and nothing […] will stop us from pressing forward with our work on behalf of the American people.”
“We will hold this president accountable, one way or the other,” he added.