Pelosi: Lawsuit Seeking Ex-White House Counsel McGahn’s Testimony Is Imminent

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler will file a lawsuit on Wednesday to compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify before the Democratic-led panel, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers in a letter.

The litigation is expected to say that McGahn’s testimony is needed to help lawmakers decide whether to move forward on impeachment against President Donald Trump over actions that Democrats view as attempts to obstruct former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to aides.

“Chairman Nadler will file a complaint in court today to enforce a subpoena to compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify before the committee,” Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats in the House of Representatives that focused mainly on combating gun violence.

Democrats claim the litigation, if successful, could end White House efforts to prevent current and former Trump aides from cooperating with congressional investigators.

The Judiciary Committee had made no announcement about the anticipated filing when Pelosi’s office released the letter.

McGahn, who emerged as the star witness of the 448-page Mueller report released in April, told federal investigators that Trump pressed him to have Mueller removed and then to deny that he had been instructed to do so.

But McGahn defied a committee subpoena to testify in May after the White House directed him not to cooperate with the panel.

Mueller’s 22-month investigation found numerous contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign, but did not establish enough evidence to prove that a conspiracy occurred. On obstruction, Mueller did not determine whether Trump committed a crime but also did not exonerate the president.

Democrats also hope to learn more about the Trump campaign and the presidential transition team from McGahn, who served as counsel to both entities.

Last week, the committee filed a federal court petition seeking access to Mueller’s grand jury evidence.

(Reporting by David Morgan; editing by Grant McCool)

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Charles
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Mueller already testified that President Trump did not, in any way hinder or obstruct his investigation, but the Democrats are still going at it. They’ll keep investigating with their fishing expeditions until the 2020 election. They want to pass Red Flag Laws and believe that the Democrats wouldn’t abuse them? Ha! Democrats have their agenda and will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Screwtape
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“It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.”

Phil, you must be talking about the whole Mueller fiasco.

Do you think there might be matters more important than continuing to pursue a false narrative that failed? Apparently not.

Phyllis Softa
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Keep in mind, that if you perceive McGahn’s testimony is going to shake your faith in the Trump/Barr version of the content of the Mueller report, you could be wrong. You held tight to the “No Collusion No Obstruction” stance despite the Mueller press briefing and congressional testimony. You folks have successfully proven Mark Twain correct. “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” Unfortunately, you proved GW Bush wrong. “Fool me once…can’t get fooled again.”

Joey
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Joey

More wasted taxpayer money for a witch hunt. How about a class action suit against these democrats for not doing their jobs in the House? For leaving this country open to an invasion of illegals.

Screwtape
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WHC, I’m not insulting the utility of buckteeth. They can be used to open cans if nothing else. I wonder, if like other rodents, her’s perpetually grow?

WellHungChad
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Attention Nancy: So???

Let the SCOTUS sort out whether this was in contempt of congress!

BTW, Good luck with that!!!

Screwtape
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More effort expended defiling the corpse of a dead horse.

Clue to Nancy. The southern border is in crisis. People are murdering other people. You have a bucktoothed nitwit and her posse stealing your thunder.

But you and your party choose to chase a train that’s left the station. That’ll win the votes of bobbleheads but not many else in the US. You’ll age out by the time Trump finishes his second term.

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