Former White House counsel Don McGahn ignored a subpoena to appear before Congress today at the instruction of Donald Trump.

By |2019-05-21T06:31:01-08:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments


Courtesy of NYT:

Mr. Trump separately moved to block Congress from receiving testimony by the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, denying House Democrats one of the most important eyewitnesses to Mr. Trump’s attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation. Mr. McGahn will not appear, his lawyer said later.

The fights raise separate but overlapping issues: how far Congress’s power to subpoena information extends, what Mr. Trump can apply executive privilege to in order to keep secret, and whether a president’s senior aides are “absolutely immune” from subpoenas, meaning they do not even have to show up when ordered to appear before lawmakers.

Asked why he was telling Mr. McGahn to defy the subpoena, Mr. Trump suggested that his lawyers were just trying to protect the institution of the presidency.

“They’re doing that for the office of the presidency, for future presidents,” he told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. “I think it’s a very important precedent. And the attorneys say that they’re not doing that for me. They’re doing it for the office of the president. So we’re talking about the future.”

Well, that is obviously bullshit. 

The very idea that Trump gives two shits about future presidents is laugh out loud funny. 

Here is how House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler opened the hearing today courtesy of The Guardian:

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler has opened the hearing where former White House counsel Don McGahn is refusing to appear.

“The president took it upon himself to intimidate a witness who has a legal obligation to be here today. This conduct is not remotely acceptable,” he said.

When the committee issues a subpoena, he said, “the witness must show up. Our subpoenas are not optional. Mr. McGahn has a legal obligation to be here.”

If McGahn does not immediately reverse course and agree to testify, he said, “this committee will have no choice but to enforce the subpoena against him.”

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler said Donald Trump’s behavior as outlined in the Mueller report “constitutes a crime.”

Nadler made the declaration after listing incidents detailed in the report in which Trump told then-counsel Don McGahn to have special counsel Robert Mueller fired, and then told him to lie about it.

“But for the Department of Justice’s policy of refusing to indict a sitting President, I believe he would have been charged with these crimes,” Nadler said.

Trump has continued a “pattern of obstruction and coverup” by seeking to block congressional inquiries after the release of the report, he said.

“Let me be clear: this Committee will hear Mr. McGahn’s testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it,” he said in his opening statement. “We will not allow the President to stop this investigation, and nothing in these unjustified and unjustifiable legal attacks will stop us from pressing forward with our work on behalf of the American people. We will hold this President accountable – one way or the other.”

So here we have yet another day of Trump openly obstructing an investigation into his potential criminal behavior. 

Which only lends more credence to Michael Cohen’s claim that he was told to lie to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow. 

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 21, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Cool. Donald wants to investigate “Crooked Hillary”. She doesn’t have to appear before any Congressional hearings. The Orange Shitgibbon has established that you don’t have to appear before Congress, even though you’ve been issued a subpoena

    • Attorney from hell May 21, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Hard choices = Hard time.

      Isn’t that right $arah?

  2. Beaglemom May 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Does that mean that you or I can ignore a subpoena in the future? If the president of the US (even the current low-life one) says it’s all right, does that mean that it’s okay for any American to do so? Does his word make it legal to do so? I thought subpoenas mattered. Foolish me. And I also don’t understand why McGahn doesn’t just ignore Don the Con. He no longer works for him and he’s already said quite a lot to Mueller, probably a lot of which has been redacted because it’s so damning to our dreadful leader.

    • Anonymous May 21, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      He is ignoring it because he is worried about his law firm, frequented by many republicans that said they would boycott. such a patriot.

  3. Anonymous May 21, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Is this like Clint Eastwood talking to the empty chair.

    Enough giving them second chances with another invite, like they did with Barr, they need to put a stop to this by proceeding to hold him in contempt and throw the book at him.

  4. Anonymous May 21, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    trump continues to make a mockery of our legal system, our Constitution and our institutions..IMPEACH the coward.

  5. Anon May 21, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Look. Did anyone even stop to consider that maybe he was in Puerto Rico handing out much needed paper towels?

  6. OK May 22, 2019 at 7:40 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/doj-mueller-documents-to-be-released_n_5ce53e13e4b0d513447d6d70

    “I look forward to, and expect, continued compliance by the Department so we can do our vital oversight work,”
    “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has postponed a meeting to take “enforcement action” against the Justice Department after it agreed to turn over documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

    Schiff said in a statement Wednesday that the department has agreed to turn over 12 categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials by the end of next week.”

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