Former White House counsel Don McGahn can no longer avoid testifying in the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry.
A judge ruled on Monday that McGahn cannot continue defying a subpoena, dealing a major blow to the White House's efforts to keep its former top lawyer from testifying.
McGahn is a key witness to President Donald Trump's potential obstruction of justice, as he testified under oath that the president gave him orders to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and then ordered McGahn to cover up this order by creating a falsified record that would contradict his own sworn testimony.
McGahn refused to comply with the president's demands in both cases, according to Mueller's report.
In the weeks after releasing his report, Mueller emphasized that he could not exonerate Trump of committing a crime based on the evidence he had, while also adding that he would have done so had he been confident that the president didn't commit a crime.
“and per the Constitution, no one is above the law." Judge Jackson, ordering Trump lawyer McGahn to testify and rej… https://t.co/ALuYoPhwIJ— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1574722672.0
MONEY QUOTE: Jackson indicates that any "current or former" senior WH aide subpoenaed by a House committee must at… https://t.co/3TMYVokY0K— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney)1574723093.0
BREAKING: Federal judge orders former WH Counsel Don McGahn to testify, shattering the WH’s claims of “absolute imm… https://t.co/rs1CYVQiKM— Andrew Desiderio (@Andrew Desiderio)1574722434.0
McGahn ordered to testify. https://t.co/jZSUVYGpuA— Dan Friedman (@Dan Friedman)1574722609.0
NEW: D.C. federal judge rules for House against Trump admin's claim of blanket exec privilege that has blocked test… https://t.co/gEKFsy2zBd— Mike DeBonis (@Mike DeBonis)1574722661.0
BREAKING Judge rules ex-White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with House subpoena in impeachment inquiry, a… https://t.co/fC5jDzo6FN— Spencer Hsu (@Spencer Hsu)1574722352.0
Judge: “Stated simply, the primary takeaway from the past 250 years of recorded American history is that Presidents are not kings.”— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1574724215.0
Judge Jackson’s citation to George Orwell’s Animal Farm in footnote 11 of her opinion is just what the outlandish J… https://t.co/95QVMKq9Z8— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1574723756.0
MORE: Jackson expounds on reasons why "immunity" claim for *former* aides is even more spurious. Access to presid… https://t.co/VQ0hlzdjZs— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney)1574723340.0
*DOJ WILL APPEAL MCGAHN RULING, SPOKESWOMAN KUPEC SAYS— Jordan Fabian (@Jordan Fabian)1574724049.0