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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

House Dems, citing impeachment, request speedy ruling in McGahn subpoena fight

  House Dems, citing impeachment, request speedy ruling in McGahn subpoena fight House Dems, citing impeachment, request speedy ruling in McGahn subpoena fightThe Democrats’ five-page letter to U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson centers on their lawsuit to enforce a subpoena against Don McGahn, the former White House counsel who showed up repeatedly in the special counsel’s final report detailing President Donald Trump’s potential acts of obstruction of justice.

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."

Justice Dept. Urges Supreme Court to Back Trump in Tax Records Case

  Justice Dept. Urges Supreme Court to Back Trump in Tax Records Case The Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Friday urging the Supreme Court to hear President Trump’s appeal seeking to keep his financial records private. Mr. Trump is trying to block a subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors that would require his accounting firm to turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. The brief did not adopt the broad position taken by Mr. Trump’s personal lawyers in a petition filed last week — that he is immune from criminal investigation while he remains in office.

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.

House Intel Committee possesses video, audio recordings from Giuliani associate

  House Intel Committee possesses video, audio recordings from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas has been charged with campaign finance crimes. The material submitted to the committee includes audio, video and photos that include Giuliani and Trump. It was unclear what the content depicts and the committees only began accessing the material last week.

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!"

‘Tremendous value’: White House began storing texts last year, creating evidence cache for Democrats

  ‘Tremendous value’: White House began storing texts last year, creating evidence cache for Democrats About a year after President Trump took office, the White House quietly began storing text messages sent and received by aides on work phones, establishing a repository of potential evidence that Democrats could search in their impeachment investigation. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.It’s unclear if Democrats will seek to acquire the texts before voting to make Trump the third president ever impeached. But if they do, the messages may contain missing evidence proving Trump tied foreign aid to Ukraine investigating Democrats. They also could exonerate him.

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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