Jun 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House panel to interview Don McGahn on Russia investigation

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The House Judiciary Committee on Friday will interview former White House counsel Don McGahn about former President Trump's alleged attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation.

Driving the news: The interview comes two years after House Democrats requested the testimony of McGahn, who was extensively quoted in special counsel Robert Mueller's final Russia report. McGahn originally defied a 2019 congressional subpoena — resulting in the matter being taken to court.

The state of play: Friday's "transcribed interview" will take place behind closed doors.

  • "While the Judiciary panel eventually won its fight for McGahn’s testimony, the court agreement almost guarantees its members won’t learn anything new. The two sides agreed that McGahn will be questioned only about information attributed to him in publicly available portions of Mueller’s report," AP notes.
  • The House Judiciary panel said that Trump was not involved in the agreement to interview McGhan.
  • Jason Miller, a Trump spokesperson, told Politico last month that Trump had not agreed to the deal and that he was "evaluating his options for fully protecting the privilege that continues to cover his communications with his closest advisors."
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