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The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday left an empty chair for Don McGahn, despite the former White House counsel’s absence from a public hearing.
Empty chair for Don McGahn.
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The article goes on to state the following:
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in his opening remarks blasted McGahn for failing to appear before his committee, defying a congressional subpoena. Nadler also highlighted the testimony McGahn gave to special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Mueller’s investigative report, in which he detailed episodes that were investigated for possible obstruction of justice including attempts by President Trump to fire Mueller amid the 22 month long investigation.
“Our subpoenas are not optional. Mr. McGahn has a legal obligation to be here for his scheduled appearance. If he does not immediately correct his mistake, this Committee will have no choice but to enforce the subpoena against him,” Nadler said.
Nadler also threatened on CNN Monday night that he will move to hold McGahn in contempt for failing to comply with his subpoena, which would mark an escalation in the battle as House Democrats seek to conduct oversight on a White House that has signaled plans to fight against their inquiries.
McGahn declined to appear, stating that he would comply with Trump’s instructions against testifying before Congress.
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