(Washington Examiner) The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee sued a key witness in the Trump-Russia investigation Wednesday, asking a federal judge to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify as they explore possible impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, the committee chairman and longtime Trump foe, has pushed for an impeachment investigation for months even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California has shown serious hesitance about the strategy, and today’s lawsuit could represent the most significant step in that direction yet. McGahn has refused to comply with a subpoena issued by Nadler’s committee earlier this year and declined to testify in front of the committee.
McGahn, who served following President Trump's inauguration through his resignation in October 2018, is mentioned 71 times in special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report. Mueller's investigation concluded the Russians had interfered “in sweeping and systematic fashion” during the 2016 presidential election, but it did not establish any criminal conspiracy between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Mueller did lay out 10 possible instances of obstruction of justice but didn’t reach a conclusion on obstruction. Attorney General William Barr and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded justice had not been obstructed.
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