Judge: Don McGahn Must Testify About White House Role

Don Mc Gahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 27 2018

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Quote, "the primary takeaway from the past 250 years of recorded history is that presidents are not kings".

But in her ruling, US District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said that "no one is above the law".

Jackson's ruling concerns only McGahn's testimony. And any decision there would likely be appealed as well. "We will appeal and are confident that the important constitutional principle advanced by the Administration will be vindicated". Mueller did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice, though Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, afterwards decided that the president had not committed obstruction.

"Absolute testimonial immunity for senior-level White House aides appears to be a fiction that has been fastidiously maintained over time through the force of sheer repetition", the judge wrote. Investigators view McGahn as a potential witness to alleged acts of obstruction of justice, according to NPR.

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, D-Calif., questions former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before the House Intelligence Committee, Nov. 15, 2019.

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The president's comments came a day after a federal judge ruled that White House Counsel Donald McGahn must testify before the House of Representatives, which has sought his input since special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference.

The Department of Justice said it would appeal the ruling.

Yet Jackson was deeply skeptical about this argument, citing the challenge of enforcing it in light of the high rate of turnover among Oval Office aides.

Ms. Lawrence, Michigan Democrat, went from supporting impeachment in October, to saying Sunday that censure of Mr. Trump might be a better alternative, to reviving her full support of impeachment. She called the Trump administration's position that top aides are immune from testifying before Congress "peculiar".

In a statement when issuing the subpoena in April, Nadler said McGhan "is a critical witness to numerous alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct" described in Special Counsel Robert Muller's report about foreign interference in the 2016 USA election. He stated Trump directed him to inform the Justice Division that Mueller had conflicts of pursuits and must be canned.

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President Donald Trump blocked McGahn's testimony, arguing that the it was shielded by executive privilege.

McGahn said he would rather quit than fire Mueller.

Government lawyers said McGahn has a "significant chance" of prevailing in the argument that he should not be compelled to testify to the House under a subpoena. "I am fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President", Trump tweeted Tuesday.

The report will be delivered to the Judiciary committee, which can subsequently draft articles of impeachment. He also said the report would include a catalog of White House refusals to cooperate with the inquiry.

After the verdict Donald Trump said that he would "like" his close advisers to testify but hinted that he would prevent them doing so out of concern the office of the USA president was being undermined. "Other than that, I would actually like people to Testify".

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