Don McGahn testified to Congress on Friday after being summoned two years ago.
Former White House Counsel to President Donald Trump Don McGahn Congressional Democrats said on Friday that the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and the pressure on the lawyer to hinder the federal investigation “revealed new clues.”
McGahn served as a lawyer for President Trump for nearly two years before resigning in October 2018. He testified in a one-day closed-door meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
McGahn appeared under the subpoena issued Two years ago Testified while the committee is investigating allegations of Trump’s misconduct. At the end of 2019, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump, accusing him of abusing power and obstructing Congress. He was acquitted by the Senate and then controlled by the Republican Party.
The record of McGahn’s testimony will be published in the next few days. According to an agreement with the Ministry of Justice, members of the Judiciary Committee declined to provide details of what he said earlier.
“Mr. McGahn is clearly disturbed by President Trump’s refusal to follow his legal advice time and time again, and he has a new understanding of the disturbing incidents of today,” Committee Chairman Jerrold Nader Le said in a statement.
However, Republican Congressman Matt Gates told reporters that McGahn’s testimony provided no new information.
Gates said of the Democratic Party: “People expect Don McGahn to be some kind of important witness, bringing new information worthy of years of litigation and the expense of countless taxpayers.”
Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean of the High Judiciary Committee told reporters that McGahn “letted his pressure and the pressure of other presidential aides to direct Rod Rosenstein to remove Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller.”
At the time, Rosenstein was the deputy attorney general, and Mueller was investigating Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign.
After a long investigation, Mueller found “many connections” between the campaign and the Russians and concluded that the campaign was “expected to benefit” Moscow’s efforts to make the vote beneficial to Trump’s efforts. But Mueller said that this interaction either does not constitute a crime or is difficult to prove in court.
As White House legal counsel, McGahn has insider views on many of the events reviewed by Mueller and his team during the Russian investigation.
McGahn proved to be a key witness against Trump, and his name was mentioned hundreds of times in the text of the Mueller report and its footnotes.
McGahn described to investigators the president’s repeated efforts to stop the investigation and the disturbing instructions he said he received from the president.
He recalled that Trump had asked him to contact the then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ordered him not to avoid the Russian investigation. McGahn also stated that Trump had pleaded with him to tell then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that Mueller was removed from his position because he believed there was a conflict of interest-and after the incident was reported in the media, he publicly and Falsely denying that this has been requested.
McGahn also described the circumstances that led to Trump’s firing of James Comey as the director of the FBI, including the president’s insistence on including in the termination letter the fact that Comey had assured Trump that he himself was not under investigation.