Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

House panel files suit to force McGahn testimony

House panel files suit to force McGahn testimony

Democrats asked the Archives to produce documents from Kavanaugh's service in the White House counsel's office, and to release records from his staff secretary files as they become available.

The New York Democrat's move is similar to how the House Judiciary Committee chairman tried to "relitigate" the Russian Federation investigation, Gaetz claimed Wednesday on "The Story".

The committee subpoenaed McGahn in April but the white house blocked it, claiming McGahn had "absolute" immunity.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referenced the lawsuit in a letter to colleagues Wednesday, in another signal that she's opening the door to considering impeachment.

Last month, the Judiciary panel filed suit asking a federal court to force the release of grand jury information from Mueller's investigation. On obstruction, Mueller did not determine whether Trump committed a crime but also did not exonerate the president.

House Democrats are sharply divided on the question of impeachment, with just over half, including Nadler, favoring proceedings.

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McGahn told Mueller's investigation team that Trump pressed him repeatedly to have the special counsel removed and then to deny that he had been instructed to do so.

"Don McGahn is Donald Trump's John Dean", a Democratic lawyer for the committee told reporters before the lawsuit was filed. The National Archives has processed records from Kavanaugh's tenure as White House counsel, according to the Nadler-Johnson letter.

The committee did, however, reach an agreement with the White House to review documents from McGahn, which will be handled in the same manner that the committee is reviewing Mueller documents from the Justice Department, committee aides 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. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Chairman Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) wrote a letter to the head of the National Archives, asking for documents related to Justice Kavanaugh's time in President George W. Bush's administration from 2001 to 2006.

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.

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