A court is hearing one case that could land Trump’s lawyer in jail
Democrats have not thrown in the towel on impeaching Donald Trump over Robert Mueller’s report.
And there was just a major escalation on that front.
Now a court is hearing one case that could land Trump’s lawyer in jail.
Democrats were dealt a massive setback when a three-judge panel on the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the administration’s favor by holding that the court could not compel former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify because the court had no role in settling competing claims between the executive and legislative branches.
McGahn asked for a court ruling after President Trump asserted executive privilege over to prevent his former White House counsel from testifying.
Mueller and his Democrat prosecutors used McGahn’s 30 hours of testimony as a major building block in their supposed ten possible instances of obstruction of justice even though the report refused to take a position on if President Trump actually obstructed justice.
Democrats appealed the decision to the full D.C. Circuit Court and argued that unless the entire bank of judges stepped in and overturned the initial ruling, Democrats on the Committee would have no choice but to hail McGahn and other Trump administration officials that refused to testify even under subpoena.
“The House could direct its sergeant at arms to arrest current and former high-level executive branch officials for failing to respond to subpoenas, after which the legal issues dividing the branches would then be litigated through habeas actions,” House lawyers argued. “But arrest and detention should not be a prerequisite to obtaining judicial resolution of the enforceability of a congressional subpoena.”
Even though McGahn told Mueller he did not believe the President committed any acts of obstruction of justice, Democrats want his testimony for the spectacle of the former White House counsel testifying against the President.
Democrats believe the negative headlines will damage the President’s re-election chances or even form the basis for a second round of impeachment.