Don McGahn

House Democrats formally file lawsuit to force Don McGahn to testify

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) filed a lawsuit Wednesday to enforce a subpoena compelling former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in the committee's investigation of President Trump's potential obstruction of justice.

Why it matters: McGahn, a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation who sat for more than 30 hours of interviews, has been blocked by the White House from complying with the subpoena, which was issued in April. In a letter to House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that the McGahn lawsuit is part of the process of gathering "all the relevant facts" for the House to consider "whether to exercise its full Article I powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity — articles of impeachment."

Exclusive excerpt: Justice Kennedy's secret meeting with Trump

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A new book by the Judicial Crisis Network's Carrie Severino and The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway has some colorful, behind-the-scenes details about the secret White House meeting where former Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Trump he was planning to retire.

Details: Severino and Hemingway write that Assistant Attorney General Steve Engel, who had previously clerked for Kennedy, met with the justice at an outdoor café near the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden two days before the Supreme Court broke for summer recess.