- The former White House counsel Don McGahn is likely to testify before Congress next week.
- The testimony would touch on whether Donald Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation.
- Two years earlier, McGahn ignored an initial subpoena to testify on Trump.
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The former White House counsel Don McGahn has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and is likely to do so next week, according to The New York Times.
McGahn’s testimony would take place in a closed-door session, The Times, said, citing two unnamed sources. It is likely to examine Trump’s attempts to intervene in the US investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The Times wrote that McGahn’s testimony had been delayed while lawyers for House Democrats, the Department of Justice, and McGahn waited to see how the former president’s camp would react. This is because McGahn’s deal to testify hinged upon there being no active legal challenge to his participation.
According to The Times, Trump had initially said he would intervene, but a lawyer for the former president announced last week that he would not be challenging McGahn on testifying.
According to a May 12 court filing, any testimony will be limited to “publicly available portions of the Mueller Report” and whether those portions “accurately reflected Mr. McGahn’s statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and whether those statements were truthful.”
McGahn was a key witness in the Russia investigation. His name appeared more than 160 times in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s final 448-page report.
His expected testimony comes after a two-year fight to get McGahn in front of the House Judiciary Committee to find out whether Trump obstructed justice during the Russia investigation.
In 2019, McGahn managed to dodge a subpoena from the Judiciary panel. At the time, the Trump administration’s Department of Justice fought that subpoena, and Trump directed McGahn not to show up at his hearing, arguing that administration officials had “absolute immunity.”
The Biden administration’s DOJ and Congress struck a deal earlier this month for him to testify. A transcript of the McGahn interview will be released after his testimony, according to a court filing.