Democrats ask judge for quick ruling on McGahn subpoena

Democrats ask judge for quick ruling on McGahn subpoena
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House Democrats on Tuesday asked a federal judge for an expedited ruling on whether former White House counsel Don McGahn should abide by their subpoena to testify, citing the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee filed a motion arguing that there’s an urgent need for McGahn’s testimony as the impeachment inquiry also looks into whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE lied to former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE.

"As part of the House’s impeachment inquiry, the Committee is continuing to investigate instances of misconduct recounted in the Mueller Report, including episodes in which McGahn was involved," the panel’s lawyers wrote in the filing.

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“Since the Committee filed its initial motion in August, its need for McGahn’s testimony has become even more pressing,” they added.

Part of the inquiry is focused on whether Trump lied when he told special counsel investigators that he had had no conversations with his associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneAuthorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump 2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics MORE about WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, at a time when the organization was releasing troves of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE’s presidential campaign.

A jury last week convicted Stone of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering in part because of his denial to the House Intelligence Committee that he had spoken with the Trump campaign about WikiLeaks.

Trump’s former deputy campaign manager Richard Gates, who signed a plea agreement with Mueller’s office over fraud charges, testified during Stone’s trial that he had heard Trump speak on the phone with Stone shortly after WikiLeaks released its initial batch of DNC emails. After the call ended, Trump said that more would be coming from WikiLeaks.

The Trump administration has argued that McGahn has “absolute immunity” from congressional subpoenas as a close adviser to the president.

The Democrats issued their subpoena in April shortly after the release of the Mueller report but months before the impeachment inquiry was officially launched in September.