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Politics McGahn's case appealed after judge says he must comply with subpoena

19:00  26 november  2019
19:00  26 november  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Trump administration to appeal ruling over former WH counsel McGahn testimony

  Trump administration to appeal ruling over former WH counsel McGahn testimony The Justice Department on Tuesday said it would appeal the ruling from a federal district judge.The Trump administration said on Monday night that it planned to appeal after the ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an Obama appointee.

Former White House counsel Don McGahn, through Justice Department attorneys, has appealed a federal judge's decision that he must comply with a congressional subpoena. The expected appeal comes after Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled Monday night demanding that McGahn testify before the House Judiciary Committee, rejecting the administration's claims of absolute executive privilege.

Don McGahn wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Supreme Court Kavanaugh © Saul Loeb / AP Supreme Court Kavanaugh

On Monday, Jackson wrote that "the primary takeaway from the past 250 years of recorded American history is that presidents are not kings." White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that ruling "contradicts longstanding legal precedent established by administrations of both political parties."

Judge puts temporary hold on McGahn subpoena ruling

  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.

Justice Department lawyers are appealing the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and requested a stay in the case. House Democrats filed the lawsuit in August to compel McGahn to testify, after former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation revealed the president asked McGahn to fire Mueller.

The former White House counsel, who is being represented by Justice Department lawyers, was a key witness in the Russia investigation. But Jackson's ruling could have significant ramifications for Democrats' impeachment inquiry, in which multiple top administration officials have rejected subpoenas at the desire of the Trump administration.

An attorney for former national security adviser John Bolton and former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman told CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid that they will continue with their own lawsuit to determine whether former White House officials must comply with congressional subpoenas.

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

  Ex-White House lawyer moves to block judge's ruling requiring testimony Former White House counsel Don McGahn on Tuesday asked a judge to put on hold a ruling that would require him to testify.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.

The president took to Twitter Tuesday morning to say too much is being made of the Monday night decision in the McGahn case, and said he would "love" to have other administration officials testify, but doesn't want to compromise future presidents.

"The D.C. Wolves and Fake News Media are reading far too much into people being forced by Courts to testify before Congress. I am fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President. Other than that, I would actually like people to testify," the president wrote.

"Don McGahn's respected......lawyer has already stated that I did nothing wrong. John Bolton is a patriot and may know that I held back the money from Ukraine because it is considered a corrupt country, & I wanted to know why nearby European countries weren't putting up money also. Likewise, I would.......love to have Mike Pompeo, Rick Perry, Mick Mulvaney and many others testify about the phony Impeachment Hoax. It is a Democrat Scam that is going nowhere but, future Presidents should in no way be compromised. What has happened to me should never happen to another President!"

Trump impeachment: Judge's ruling may mean John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney have to testify

  Trump impeachment: Judge's ruling may mean John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney have to testify Adam Schiff recently announced that the House Intelligence committee would wrap up impeachment proceedings. He might want to rethink that now. Republican Chris Truax, an appellate lawyer in San Diego, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors.You can read diverse opinions from our Board of Contributors and other writers on the Opinion front page, on Twitter @usatodayopinion and in our daily Opinion newsletter. To respond to a column, submit a comment to letters@usatoday.com.

Ruling on test of White House witness immunity claims coming Monday .
On Monday, a federal judge plans to make the first major court ruling in the fight between the House and the White House over impeachment witnesses. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson says she will decide by the close of business whether former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify about President Donald Trump to Congress. Until this point, the case has lingered in the background, stemming from a subpoena the House Judiciary Committee sent to McGahn in April, well before the Ukraine impeachment scandal kicked House proceedings into high gear this fall.

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