We breathed a sigh of relief after the January 6 insurrection. But let us call out what this really was, a failed coup. We came within minutes if not seconds of possibly seeing the rioters hang Vice President Mike Pence and kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Now, we laugh at the clowns called Cyber Ninjas, the virgin audits screwing with the Arizona voters’ ballots and machines. The thing is, that is not funny. It is an attempted coup in slow motion. Just look at what Donald Trump tried while in office.
His former White House Counsel Donald McGahn II will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee next week about Trump’s attempts to undermine the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times. Unfortunately, the hearing will be behind closed doors. But nearly always, Washington D.C. leaks, and we will find out more, much more.
House Democrat attorneys, the Department of Justice, and McGahn had an agreement earlier. But they decided to watch how Trump would react to the news of the upcoming hearing.
President Joe Biden agreed to let the ex-president’s former counsel testify, but only if no one presented a legal challenge. Trump has one substantial problem in all of this, though.
He has difficulty finding good attorneys to represent him. Not only is he a problematic client, stubborn and willful, the ex has a pattern of not paying them.
At first, a Trump attorney said the former president would intervene by invoking his executive privilege. However, the courts might not be as open to that concept any longer due to the alleged crimes involving him and his current position as just another citizen. CNN reported:
‘The Justice Department can assert executive privilege or McGahn can decline to answer on other topics, which would essentially block House Democrats from learning details he might know about other major scandals during Trump’s presidency.’
Of course, 45 could have blocked the hearing in court. For some reason, the ex chose not to do so, according to a former deputy White House counsel in his administration and current attorney, Patrick Philbin.
Trump has previously run out the clock and ignored congressional subpoenas with his never-ending court cases. Now, he would have to foot the bill, and he is notoriously stingy when it comes to his own dollars.
McGahn was a key witness in the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, III Russia investigation. He testified about the former president trying to block the investigation into Moscow’s successful attempts to throw Trump the election in 2016. President Vladimir Putin also interfered in the 2020 presidential election.
The House Judiciary Committee has wanted to question McGahn since 2019, but the ex forbade him from honoring its subpoenas.
There has also been some question about whether the Legislative Branch can sue the Executive Branch of our government. And McGahn will only testify under certain strict limits, according to Court Records.
A transcript of the hearing will be available to the public seven days after each party has had time to review it. Estimates were that it would be released the second week of June.
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