Graham says he won't ask McGahn to testify

Graham says he won't ask McGahn to testify
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamErdoğan got the best of Trump, experts warn Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' The Memo: Trump's sea of troubles deepens MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that he will not ask former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the Senate panel.

“I’m not retrying the case. I’m not calling McGahn. It is over,” Graham, an ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE, told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

Graham's comments came shortly after the Judiciary Committee wrapped up an hours-long hearing with Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump MORE focused on the attorney general's handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's report.


McGahn has emerged as a point of interest as lawmakers dig into the findings from Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign, as well as potential instances of obstruction of justice by the president.

In one "episode" of potential obstruction described by Mueller, Trump in 2017 ordered McGahn to tell Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Mueller rejoins DC law firm Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it MORE to get rid of the special counsel. But McGahn refused, warning that he would rather resign.

In a subsequent episode described by Mueller, Trump last year tried to get McGahn to deny that he ever asked the White House counsel to help fire Mueller.

Barr acknowledged during the hearing Wednesday that he has objections to McGahn testifying publicly to Congress about his interactions with Trump.

Asked by Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' Trump judicial nominee delayed amid GOP pushback MORE (D-Ill.) if Barr had “any objections” to McGahn testifying, as House Democrats have demanded, the attorney general said he did, noting that McGahn was a “close adviser to the president.”

Barr also denied that Trump had already waived executive privilege by allowing McGahn to speak to Mueller and for the special counsel's report to be publicly released without asserting privilege over any of its contents.

“No, we haven’t waived his privilege,” Barr stated.

Barr’s use of the word “we” created an immediate storm on social media, with critics arguing it highlighted how the attorney general has operated on the president's behalf.