Nadler: Trying to block McGahn testimony would be 'obstruction'

Nadler: Trying to block McGahn testimony would be 'obstruction'

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.) responded Tuesday to reports that the White House would try to prevent former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying before Congress even though he was subpoenaed by the panel.

The Democratic chairman maintained in a statement released Tuesday evening that the White House does not have the authority to circumvent the subpoena and that an attempt to do so would be "obstruction."

"The moment for the White House to assert some privilege to prevent this testimony from being heard has long since passed," Nadler said. "I suspect that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE and his attorneys know this to be true as a matter of law-and that this evening's reports, if accurate, represent one more act of obstruction by an Administration desperate to prevent the public from talking about the President's behavior."

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Nadler asserted that the Judiciary Committee's subpoena "stands," adding, "I look forward to Mr. McGahn's testimony."

The Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena on Monday for McGahn to testify publicly about accounts detailed in 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, which was released last week with certain redactions.

Nadler has described the former White House lawyer as a critical witness when it comes to instances in which Trump may have sought to obstruct Mueller's probe, something the Judiciary panel is examining as part of an investigation into obstruction of justice and abuse of power by the president and his inner circle.

The Democratic chairman issued his statement following a report in The Washington Post on Tuesday evening that stated the White House plans to fight the subpoena.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.