Published: Fri, August 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

US House Panel Sues to Compel Ex-White House Counsel McGahn's Testimony

US House Panel Sues to Compel Ex-White House Counsel McGahn's Testimony

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.

"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.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee received only a small fraction of Justice Kavanaugh's White House records before voting on his nomination", Democratic Reps. It marks the first lawsuit Democrats have filed to force a witness to testify since they regained control of the House in the fall and subsequently launched a series of investigations into the president's conduct and finances. Mueller did not make a determination on whether the president committed obstruction, although Attorney General William Barr and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein cleared him. The special counsel's investigation documented how Trump told McGahn to fire the special counsel, which he did not do, and then told McGahn to lie publicly about Trump telling him to dismiss Mueller.

Invoking the Democrats' efforts to seek backing in the courts for congressional subpoenas, Cummings said, "The day that any administration disobeys a court order, then I'm for impeachment because, you see, by that time, we're in trouble".

The legal action comes as more than half of House Democrats say they support launching an impeachment inquiry against the president.

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Johnson chairs the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, which held a hearing in June on promoting ethics, accountability and transparency in the federal courts. The National Archives has processed records from Kavanaugh's tenure as White House counsel, according to the Nadler-Johnson letter.

"Congress may no more summon the President to a congressional committee room than the President may command Members of Congress to appear at the White House", the Justice Department opinion said.

McGahn, no longer in the administration and now represented by a private attorney, isn't protected from testimony by the same attorney-client confidentiality as other lawyers because his client wasn't President Donald Trump or any one person when he served as White House counsel.

The Committee also exercises legislative authority, including investigative and oversight authority, with respect to "t$3 he judiciary and judicial proceedings, civil and criminal", and "federal courts and judges."[1] The Committee's jurisdiction encompasses the laws governing judicial ethics and the judicial oath of office; judicial disqualification, and misconduct; and the organization of the Supreme Court.

House Democrats are demanding access to records from Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush administration.

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