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Justice Department Finds Trump Can’t Stop McGahn From Testifying

The Justice Department said that Trump could direct McGahn not to testify, but nothing is stopping McGahn from showing up and testifying.

Read the full Office Of Legal Counsel letter:


The key point:

If the House Judiciary Committee puts the heat on McGahn, he may voluntarily testify

There is still a House Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday. Instead of hearing from McGahn, the hearing might be a vote to hold the former White House counsel in contempt. Thanks to Trump’s own Justice Department, the contempt vote will not be an empty gesture. McGahn could decide that his only way out of what is going to be a legal mess is to testify.

Since McGahn is no longer an employee of the Executive Branch, there is nothing that Trump could do to stop him from showing up at a Judiciary Committee hearing and offering his testimony.

It is now up to Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee to convince or compel Don McGahn to show up and testify.

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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason spent four years as a political columnist and the politics editor at, where he covered such issues as the Iraq War, warrantless wiretapping, and the daily workings of the American legislative process. Jason has also written for the Blogger News Network and saw his 2008 presidential election coverage quoted in over 300 newspapers worldwide. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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