House panel to go to court to enforce McGahn subpoena, Nadler says

 House panel to go to court to enforce McGahn subpoena, Nadler says
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBritney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer Activists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that the House panel will go to court this week to obtain requested grand jury material connected to former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s Russia probe and to enforce a subpoena seeking the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn.

“The very next step, either tomorrow or Friday, is we’re going into court to ask for the grand jury material and to enforce the subpoena against Mr. McGahn,” Nadler said. 

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“That’s particularly important because the excuses ... that the White House gives for McGahn not testifying ... are the same excuses for all the other fact witnesses, and if we break that, we’ll break the logjam,” he continued. 

McGahn was subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year to answer questions about Mueller's Russia probe before the House panel. However, President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE instructed McGahn to reject the subpoena in May, pointing to a Justice Department legal opinion that argued the former official was immune from giving congressional testimony. 

During Mueller’s sweeping two-year investigation, McGahn alleged to investigators that the president, on multiple occasions, instructed him to have the former special counsel fired, citing conflicts of interest.

Trump has disputed McGahn’s account several times, saying last month that he “was never going to fire Mueller” and never even “suggested firing” him.

"I don't care what [McGahn] says, it doesn't matter," Trump said at the time

McGahn is just one of a number of former Trump administration officials from whom the committee is seeking testimony as part of the probe. The committee has already issued subpoenas for testimony from former communications director Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE, Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerWashington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.