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House Judiciary chairman subpoenas ex-White House counsel Don McGahn

FOX News logo FOX News 4/22/2019 Samuel Chamberlain

Donald McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of Donald Trump's national finance team in New York: Washington attorney Donald McGahn has been named Trump's White House Counsel, a senior transition official told Reuters. McGahn, a partner at Jones Day, one of the world�s largest law firms, served as counsel to Trump during his presidential campaign.A former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and considered a top elections lawyer, McGahn may be charged with untangling the thicket of potential conflicts of interest that Trump, a real estate mogul with holdings all over the world, presents.Trump has said that as president, he will try to separate himself from running his company, turning it over to his children, but has resisted calls to place his assets in a blind trust.Trump may also look for a legal means by which to bring his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, onto his White House staff, circumventing a law that prevents federal officials from hiring family members. © REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Washington attorney Donald McGahn has been named Trump's White House Counsel, a senior transition official told Reuters. McGahn, a partner at Jones Day, one of the world�s largest law firms, served as counsel to Trump during his presidential campaign.A former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and considered a top elections lawyer, McGahn may be charged with untangling the thicket of potential conflicts of interest that Trump, a real estate mogul with holdings all over the world, presents.Trump has said that as president, he will try to separate himself from running his company, turning it over to his children, but has resisted calls to place his assets in a blind trust.Trump may also look for a legal means by which to bring his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, onto his White House staff, circumventing a law that prevents federal officials from hiring family members. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Monday subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify publicly next month following last week's release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation.

Nadler described McGahn, who stepped down as White House counsel in October 2018, as "a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Special Counsel's report."

"The Special Counsel's report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses," Nadler said. "It now falls to Congress to determine for itself the full scope of the misconduct and to decide what steps to take in the exercise of our duties of oversight, legislation and constitutional accountability."

Jerrold Nadler wearing a suit and tie: Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee seeks the full special counsel report with all underlying records and grand jury material by May 1; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Washington. © FoxNews.com Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee seeks the full special counsel report with all underlying records and grand jury material by May 1; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Washington.

Nadler added that he has requested McGhan to appear before the committee on May 21 and has set a May 7 deadline for him to provide documents related to the Mueller investigation.

"His [McGahn's] testimony will help shed further light on the President's attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same," Nadler said.

The committee's ranking member, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., slammed the chairman's move. "For the second time in four days, the chairman has issued a subpoena prematurely and contrary to his pledge not 'to issue a subpoena every time we have a disagreement with the administration.' Don McGahn sat for more than 30 hours of interviews with the special counsel’s investigation, and the chairman has answered that with a stunning 36-item subpoena. Instead of looking at material that Attorney General [William] Barr has already made available, Democrats prefer to demand additional materials they know are subject to constitutional and common-law privileges and cannot be produced."


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