House panel files suit to force McGahn testimony

House Dems Seek Kavanaugh Docs Withheld In Confirmation Fight

House Democrats planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday afternoon aimed at enforcing a subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress. Nadler said the grand jury information "is critically important for our ability to examine witnesses" like McGahn and investigate the president.

The committee argues it needs to hear from him to determine whether it should consider articles of impeachment against President Trump.

An aide for the Judiciary panel said the committee believes there is more to McGahn's story.

McGahn declined, advising the president that this "would be 'another fact used to claim obstruction of justice, ' " the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit stated Trump has denounced the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" or a "hoax" over 300 occasions and famous that the president has additionally repeatedly disputed McGahn's declare about being directed to search Mueller's removing. "But it can not fulfil this most solemn constitutional responsibility without hearing testimony from a crucial witness to these events: former White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II".

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A favorable ruling would enable not only McGahn's testimony but that of several others such as former communications director Hope Hicks, whose appearance the White House is blocking with a similar argument, the lawyers said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far resisted that step, saying she wants to wait to see what happens in court. The Court may also review certain high-profile cases related to reproductive rights, the separation of powers, and the limits of executive authority-all topics within the jurisdiction of the House Judiciary Committee (the Committee). 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. The letter notes a House subcommittee recently held a hearing on transparency in the federal courts, while lawmakers are considering legislation that would impose a code of conduct on the justices.

In their letter, Nadler and Johnson said they wanted records from Kavanaugh's service in the White House counsel's office from 2001 to 2003 and as White House staff secretary from 2003 to 2006. He said the Mueller report is not all of the evidence, but "a summary of the evidence".

The committee is requesting "emails sent to or received by Justice Kavanaugh, including emails on which he was a carbon copy or blind carbon copy recipient, during the period in which Justice Kavanaugh served as Staff Secretary, including any documents attached to such emails" and "the textual records contained in Justice Kavanaugh's office files from the period during which he served as Staff Secretary", according to the letter.

House Democrats filed the lawsuit in federal District Court in DC, and a judge has not yet been assigned.

McGahn's testimony is a key piece of that effort, Democrats say, because he was a key witness in the Mueller report - especially its second section, about instances when the President may have attempted to obstruct the investigation. The judge in that case rejected the George W. Bush Administration's claim of immunity for then-White House counsel Harriet Miers.

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