Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn must testify in impeachment inquiry, judge rules

Trump administration had argued McGahn had ‘absolute immunity’ as a top presidential adviserA federal judge has landed a damaging blow on Donald Trump in the US president’s ongoing fight with Congress, ruling that the former White House counsel...

Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn must testify in impeachment inquiry, judge rules

Trump administration had argued McGahn had ‘absolute immunity’ as a top presidential adviser

A federal judge has landed a damaging blow on Donald Trump in the US president’s ongoing fight with Congress, ruling that the former White House counsel Donald McGahn must testify in the impeachment hearings despite claims that he had “absolute immunity” as a top presidential adviser.

The judgment from Ketanji Brown Jackson, of the US district court in Washington, has potentially far reaching implications for Trump as he struggles to fend off impeachment. Not only is McGahn an important witness in his own right – as Trump’s first White House counsel he had broad influence until he left the post in October 2018 – but the ruling could also affect other key witnesses called before Congress.

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