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Trump’s ‘nuts’ justification for blocking McGahn’s testimony will cripple the US Constitution: CNN’s Elie Honig

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Former federal prosecutor and CNN legal analyst Elie Honig this week admitted he was stunned by President Donald Trump’s justification for blocking the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn — and he called the legal rationale behind it “nuts.”

Writing on CNN, Honig said he was aghast at the lengths the Trump White House is going to prevent Congress from conducting any oversight.

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“The White House previously invoked executive privilege in an effort to prevent McGahn from producing documents to Congress,” he writes. “Now the White House — perhaps recognizing that its executive privilege invocation would likely fail on the legal merits — has changed tack and instead made an even broader claim that Congress cannot ever compel testimony from a senior adviser to the President. This is nuts.”

Honig was even more shocked that the White House is backing up its assertions of vast executive powers with an Office of Legal Counsel memo that “cites not a single court decision to support this novel proposition.”

Honig then warns of the dire consequences for democracy if the president is allowed to get away with stiff arming Congress like this.

“The White House’s position further threatens the balance of powers between the White House and Congress,” he concludes. “If Trump gets his way on this, then the congressional power to conduct oversight is all but doomed.”

Read the whole piece here.

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BUSTED: These 10 GOP senators said Ukraine quid pro quo was a red line before Bolton bombshell

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The Washington Post's Philip Bump has tracked down statements from ten different Republican senators who in the past indicated that impeachment charges against President Donald Trump would be far more serious if it could be proven there was a quid-pro-quo agreement that involved exchanging the release of foreign aid to Ukraine for the investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

All of the statements flagged by Bump came before this week's bombshell revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book will reportedly say the president directly linked Ukraine aid to the Biden investigation.

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Law professor slams Trump team’s ‘distortions of facts’ as they try to shoot down congressional subpoenas

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Trump has been mysteriously ignoring Melania’s initiatives in his major speeches: report

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