After a federal judge ruled that former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify before impeachment investigators, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to claim that he would “like people to testify.”
U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled on Monday that McGahn must testify about Trump’s efforts to hinder Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into 2016 election meddling. McGahn pushed back on the ruling as he asked for a hold on it, in pursuit of an appeal.
Trump claimed that the “Fake News Media” was paying too much attention to the ruling. And said he would “like people to testify,” but he’s “fighting for future Presidents.
“The D.C. Wolves and Fake News Media are reading far too much into people being forced by Courts to testify before Congress. I am fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President. Other than that, I would actually like people to testify.”
The D.C. Wolves and Fake News Media are reading far too much into people being forced by Courts to testify before Congress. I am fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President. Other than that, I would actually like people to testify. Don McGahn’s respected….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2019
…love to have Mike Pompeo, Rick Perry, Mick Mulvaney and many others testify about the phony Impeachment Hoax. It is a Democrat Scam that is going nowhere but, future Presidents should in no way be compromised. What has happened to me should never happen to another President!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2019
He continued to say he would also like to have former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify. He called Bolton “a patriot” and someone who “may know that I held back the money from Ukraine because it is considered a corrupt country, [and] I wanted to know why nearby European countries weren’t putting up money also.”
Justice Department lawyers argued that Executive Branch officials are immune from being required to testify in Congressional hearings. But Jackson refuted that claim saying, “Executive branch officials are not absolutely immune.”
“Executive branch officials are not absolutely immune from compulsory congressional process – no matter how many times the executive branch has asserted as much over the years – even if the president expressly directs such officials’ noncompliance.”
While House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said he expects to send a report to the Judiciary Committee on his committee’s impeachment hearings in early December, he did not rule out the possibility of future hearings in the impeachment probe.