Appeal court rules against the US Court of subpoena against former White House attorneys
A U.S. appellate court on Friday dealt with President Donald Trump’s administration a major legal hurdle, ruling against an attempt to block a congressional panel’s subpoena. Democratic leadership to take testimony from former White House Advisor Donald McGahn.
The entire US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a Feb. 7 vote said the House Judiciary Committee has the legal status to seek to enforce the subpoena. It leaves other legal issues unresolved, meaning litigation will continue.
“Today’s decision is a profound victory for the rule of law and our constitutional government system,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the commission.
Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, said the administration would “strongly press on” the remaining arguments.
As a result, the case is unlikely to be ended prior to the November 3 election, in which Trump is looking for a second term.
Writing to the court, Judge Judith Rogers writes that the committee has shown them “specifically and specifically hurt when denied the opportunity to obtain information needed for legislative, oversight, and impeachment functions.” of the House of Representatives. ”
The Commission sought testimony from McGahn, who left its office in October 2018, about Trump’s attempt to thwart the investigation by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller documenting Russian interference into the 2016 US election.
McGahn declined to testify before the committee after the Justice Department advised him to defy the subpoena. The ministry argued that the president’s senior advisers could not be forced to testify before Congress on formal actions and that the courts lacked authority to resolve such disputes.
A district court judge ruled in the House of Representatives in November, but a three-judge panel of appeal overturned that decision in February. The House then asked the entire court to hear the case.
Trump, which is seeking to thwart investigations by Democratic lawmakers, has directed that current and former officials defy congressional requests for testimony and documents on impeachment. a bunch of problems.
The House of Representatives in December impeached Trump on two charges related to his request that Ukraine investigates presidential candidate believed to be Democratic Joe Biden, but the Senate is controlled by Republicans in December. 2 voted for him in office.
Friday’s ruling came a month after the Supreme Court dismissed Trump’s extensive statement of congressional subpoena immunity in two cases involving House of Representatives’ attempt to obtain a case. His finances are from two banks and his accounting firm.