US House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington to compel former Trump Administration Counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress on US President Donald Trump’s efforts to thwart former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, reported Reuters Wednesday.
According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, McGahn’s appearance before the Committee panel is needed in order to decide whether or not to launch impeachment proceedings.
“McGahn … is the most important witness, other than the president, to the key events that are the focus of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation,” reads the lawsuit.
“The Judiciary Committee is now determining whether to recommend articles of impeachment. But it cannot fulfill this most solemn constitutional responsibility without hearing testimony from a crucial witness to these events: former White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II.”
Republicans called Democrats’ efforts to make McGahn testify a ‘public spectacle’. Doug Collins, Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, said: “Their insistence on having Don McGahn testify publicly before the cameras further proves they are only interested in the fight and public spectacle of an investigation, but not actually in obtaining any real information.”
As a key witness in Mueller’s report on his 22-months investigation, McGahn previously testified that president Trump repeatedly asked him to remove then-special counsel. Therefore, Democrats believe that McGahn’s testimony may be devastating for Trump if approved.
Mueller did not charge Trump with obstruction of justice as his team did not determine whether the President did that. Yet in his testimony before Congress, Mueller stated that the President may be charged once he leaves office.
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