(Tea Party PAC) – On Monday, Obama-appointed US District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled that Don McGahn (pictured above), former White House counsel must testify before Congress about his time in the Trump administration.
Justice Department lawyers argued that Don McGahn had “absolute immunity” from testifying as he was a member of the president’s inner circle and that Trump must have the ability to seek advice from his closest advisors and legal counsel.
It is absolutely absurd that they’d even suggest testimony from one of the president’s former lawyers!
Lawyers at the DOJ also argued that federal courts have absolutely no business getting involved in a dispute between the executive branch and the legislative branch.
Attorney General Bill Barr recently blasted the courts for getting involved in the many disputes between Congress and the Trump administration.
“The framers did not envision that the Courts would play the role of arbiter of turf disputes between the political branches,” Barr said at a highly controversial, but bold, speech at a Federalist Society conference. “The long experience of our country is that the political branches can work out their constitutional differences without resort to the courts.”
Yet again, here is an unprecedented ruling from another Obama judge butting into what should be a strictly political battle in Congress.
Don McGahn must testify to Congress about his time as the White House’s top lawyer, a federal judge ruled Monday — a decision that will put pressure on other reluctant Trump administration witnesses to testify about President Donald Trump’s actions.
Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama, rejected both arguments [from the DOJ].
“DOJ promotes a conception of separation-of-powers principles that gets these constitutional commands exactly backwards,” Jackson wrote in her 120-page opinion. “In reality, it is a core tenet of this Nation’s founding that the powers of a monarch must be split between the branches of the government to prevent tyranny.”
In 2017, McGahn was interviewed five times by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and answered questions for a total of 30 hours, and now they want him back for more!
The Gateway Pundit adds:
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler previously subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to publicly testify.
Nadler said that Don McGahn is a “critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Special Counsel’s report.”
According to Mueller’s report, President Trump asked Don McGahn to supposedly lie about reports that he ordered him to fire Mueller. Mueller was never even fired and Trump insists he never said anything like that to McGahn, but Nadler and the Dems are pursuing him anyway.
“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.”
The Trump admin will move to immediately appeal judge Jackson’s ruling, which is why Adam Schiff is scrambling to draft an impeachment report as quickly as possible — he knows time is not on his side and the Trump admin will do everything possible to delay impeachment.
Judge Jackson’s ruling will certainly galvanize impeachment ringleader Adam Schiff who said his Committee and the Judiciary Committee may call in more witnesses to provide testimony.
“Even as we draft our report, we are open to the possibility that further evidence will come to light, whether in the form of witnesses who provide testimony or documents that become available,” Schiff wrote in a letter to colleagues Monday.
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