Federal Judge Orders Former White House Lawyer to Testify in Impeachment Probe

Headline Roundup November 25th, 2019

Former White House counsel Donald McGahn was ordered to testify before impeachment investigators in a ruling from a federal judge handed down Monday, defying President Donald Trump's declaration that top presidential advisers have "absolute immunity" from testifying in the impeachment inquiry. The judge ruled that if McGahn is to assert executive privilege in testifying, he must do so in-person and on a question-by-question basis; he was first subpoenaed by House investigators in April.

Many reports, regardless of political leaning, say the case could set a precedent for executive privilege disputes between the White House and Congress. Some left-leaning reports painted the news as a "victory" for Democrats, while some right-leaning voices concentrated on the Justice Department's reported intention to appeal the decision.

Federal Judge Orders Former White House Lawyer to Testify in Impeachment Probe

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered former White House counsel Donald McGahn to appear before Congress in a setback to President Donald Trump’s effort to keep his top aides from testifying.

The outcome could lead to renewed efforts by House Democrats to compel testimony from other high-ranking officials, including former national security adviser John Bolton.

Not even the president’s closest aides who receive a subpoena from Congress can “ignore or defy congressional compulsory process, by order of the President or otherwise,” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote in...

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Former White House counsel Don McGahn must appear before Congress pursuant to a subpoena issued earlier this year, a Washington, D.C. federal judge ruled late Monday, in a major setback to President Trump's effort to keep aides from testifying before House impeachment investigators.

If McGahn wanted to assert executive privilege to avoid testifying, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled, he would need to appear before Congress and do it himself, likely on a question-by-question basis.

It remained possible, Jackson said, that the "requested information is itself subject to...

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WASHINGTON — The former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II must testify before impeachment investigators about Mr. Trump’s efforts to obstruct the Mueller investigation, a judge ruled on Monday.

The 120-page decision by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia handed a victory to House Democrats in their fight to overcome President Trump’s stonewalling.

Judge Jackson rejected the Trump administration’s sweeping claim that top presidential advisers are absolutely immune from being compelled to talk about their official duties — meaning they do...

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