After the former White House counsel provided the most lurid details in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed him to hear more. But McGahn followed President Trump's orders to stay mum, and now, after a few months of silence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has announced her caucus is going to court to make him comply.
House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) will file a lawsuit in Wednesday to enforce a subpoena requiring that McGahn testify for the committee, Pelosi announced the same day. The suit will likely say McGahn's testimony is needed so lawmakers can decide whether to move forward in impeaching Trump, Reuters reports. If successful, the suit could stop Trump's practice of blocking his current and former aides from testifying before Congress, Politico notes.
In a statement, McGahn's lawyer said McGahn "does not believe he witnessed any violation of law" while working under Trump, and when Congress and Trump gave him two different directives regarding testimony, "he will follow his former client's instruction." Speaking to reporters on Monday, Nadler said he expected to get court recommendations on whether to bring articles of impeachment against Trump "by the end of October, maybe shortly thereafter," per NBC News. Kathryn Krawczyk