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Politics Ex-White House lawyer moves to block judge's ruling requiring testimony

17:55  26 november  2019
17:55  26 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House counsel Don McGahn on Tuesday asked a judge to put on hold a ruling that would.

Former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a subpoena seeking his testimony about the president' s efforts to The judge also wrote that "compulsory appearance by dint of a subpoena is a legal construct, not a political one, and per Jackson' s ruling concerns only McGahn' s testimony .

WASHINGTON — Former White House counsel Don McGahn on Tuesday asked a judge to put on hold a ruling that would require him to testify about President Donald Trump's efforts to impede the now-completed federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

White House Counsel Don McGahn listens during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on September 4, 2018. © Joshua Roberts/Reuters White House Counsel Don McGahn listens during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on September 4, 2018.

The court filing asking for the delay while he pursues an appeal followed U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's ruling on Monday that rejected the Trump administration's legal claim that current and former senior White House officials cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.

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The Judiciary Committee hopes a federal judge will strike down the White House ’ s “absolute immunity” claims, clearing the way for testimony from key “But it cannot fulfill this most solemn constitutional responsibility without hearing testimony from a crucial witness to these events: former White House

FILE PHOTO: White House coounsel Don Mcgahn listens to U. S . Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh testify at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation U. S . District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson' s ruling only legally binds McGahn. But it could give other officials, like former national security adviser

McGahn's lawyers said in a court filing that the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, which is seeking the testimony, has agreed to a seven-day temporary delay. If the judge does not immediately impose that delay, McGahn will file an emergency application at the federal appeals court in Washington on Wednesday, the lawyers said.

If McGahn's request for a longer pause is granted, then the consequential dispute over presidential power will not be decided for months and during that time he would not have to testify.

McGahn, who left his post in October 2018, last May defied a subpoena from the Democratic-led committee for his testimony. The subpoena was issued months before the House opened an impeachment inquiry in September into the Republican president's actions concerning Ukraine. The committee sued McGahn in August to try to enforce the subpoena.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; editing by Jonathan Oatis

Judge puts temporary hold on McGahn subpoena ruling .
The federal judge who ordered former White House counsel Donald McGahn to appear before Congress is temporarily delaying the effect of her ruling. © Provided by Associated Press In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, then-White House counsel Donald McGahn listens as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson says in a brief order Wednesday that she needs time to consider the legal issues raised by the Justice Department in seeking a longer halt.

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