May 25, 2022

Ex-Counsel Tells Congress of Trump Efforts to Undercut Russia Probe, Democrats Say  | Voice of America

WASHINGTON – A former White House counsel “shed new light” on the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. elections and the pressure he was under to stymie the federal probe, congressional Democrats said Friday. 

Don McGahn, who served as Donald Trump’s presidential lawyer for nearly two years before resigning in October 2018, testified in a daylong, closed-door session before the House Judiciary Committee.

McGahn appeared under a subpoena issued about two years ago to testify as the committee was looking into allegations of wrongdoing by Trump. Late in 2019, the House voted to impeach Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate, then under Republican control, acquitted him.

A transcript of McGahn’s testimony is due to be made public in coming days. Under an agreement with the Department of Justice, Judiciary Committee members declined to provide specifics of what he said before then.

“Mr. McGahn was clearly distressed by President Trump’s refusal to follow his legal advice, again and again, and he shed new light on several troubling events today,” committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.

Republican Representative Matt Gaetz told reporters that McGahn’s testimony provided no new information, however.

“The expectation was that Don McGahn would be some sort of essential witness bringing new information worthy of years of litigation and countless taxpayer dollars spent,” Gaetz said of Democrats.

Democratic Representative Madeleine Dean, a senior Judiciary Committee member, told reporters McGahn “brought to life the pressure he was under, the pressure that other aides were under by the president to direct Rod Rosenstein to oust special counsel [Robert] Mueller.”

At the time, Rosenstein was serving as deputy attorney general, and Mueller was probing Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign.

After a lengthy investigation, Mueller found “numerous links” between the campaign and the Russians and concluded the campaign “expected it would benefit” from Moscow’s effort to tilt the vote in Trump’s favor. But Mueller said such interactions either did not amount to criminal behavior or would be difficult to prove in court.

in U.S.
Related Posts

Biden to Reassure Allies of US Commitment to NATO Mutual Defense Clause | Voice of America

June 13, 2021

June 13, 2021

BRUSSELS – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is set to discuss revising its strategic concept when its leaders, including...

Kentucky to Allow College Athletes to Earn Off Likeness | Voice of America

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY – Kentucky’s governor signed an order Thursday allowing the state’s college athletes — including players on the nationally...

US Food Banks Fear Rising Food Prices Will Affect Mission to Feed Needy | Voice of America

June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, VA – A food pantry in Fairfax, Virginia, serves as a lifeline for Mandy Recinos in her constant struggle...

US to Reach Vaccine Milestone Tuesday, White House Says | Voice of America

May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021

The White House says 50% of U.S. adults will become fully vaccinated on Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

United Airlines to Buy 15 Supersonic Aircraft from Denver-based Startup | Voice of America

June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

U.S.-based air carrier United Airlines announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement with a Denver-based startup company for 15 supersonic...

US Catholic Bishops OK Steps Toward Possible Rebuke of Biden  | Voice of America

June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians,...

Report: US-Commissioned Study Found Coronavirus Could Have Leaked From Chinese Lab | Voice of America

June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

The Wall Street Journal says a report issued by a U.S. government laboratory last year concluded that a theory that...

US Could Quit Iran Nuclear Deal if Talks Do Not Advance | Voice of America

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Friday that the absence of an interim agreement to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities...

NYC ‘Guardian Angels’ Ramp Up Patrols Amid Spike in Anti-Asian Hate | Voice of America

May 24, 2021

May 24, 2021

In a bid to combat the sharp increase in hate crimes targeting people of Asian descent in New York City,...

Biden to Propose $6 Trillion in 2022 Budget Spending | Voice of America

May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday will ask Congress for the authority to spend nearly $6 trillion in 2022, which...

Japan Says US Travel Warning for Virus Won’t Hurt Olympians | Voice of America

May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021

TOKYO – The Japanese government Tuesday was quick to deny a U.S. warning for Americans to avoid traveling to Japan...

Virginia Couple Plead Guilty in US Capitol Riot, Setting Precedent | Voice of America

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

A Virginia couple on Monday pleaded guilty to demonstrating unlawfully in the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 attack, a...

Justice Department Looking Into Postmaster General Over Fundraising | Voice of America

June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over political fundraising activity at his former business, a...

Migrant Kids Play, Watch TV in What US Calls ‘Model’ Shelter | Voice of America

July 3, 2021

July 3, 2021

POMONA, CALIFORNIA – Teenage boys chased down soccer balls on grassy fields. Dormitory beds were organized into small pods with...

VOA Exclusive: US Will Focus on Preventative Strikes After Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal, CENTCOM Head Says | Voice of America

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

New details have emerged about the expected U.S. role in Afghanistan after America’s military exit after nearly 20 years of war. Our VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb is...