Trump must turn over financial records: U.S. Judge

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, subpoenaed former White House communications director Hope Hicks and an aide to former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the panel. Likewise, Scanlon's letter refers to McGahn's absence as an "inflection point", arguing "t$3 he President's refusal to provide evidence or permit witness testimony defies not only the rule of law but the basic protections of our Constitution".

In an extraordinary move, President Trump has vowed to block all subpoenas of his current and former staff. She is expected to testify before House Judiciary lawmakers on June 19.

"Let me be clear: this committee will hear Mr McGahn's testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it", he said. President Trump has lied repeatedly to the American people about the existence of a plot by a foreign government to interfere in a democratic election, and about his campaign's connections to that plot; he repeatedly sought to abuse his power by impeding or doing away with an investigation into his own behavior; and he pressed for groundless investigations into his political opponents.

Attorney General William Barr, the top USA law enforcement official and a Trump appointee, on May 2 snubbed the same committee, which later voted to hold him in contempt of Congress for not handing over a full, unredacted Mueller report.

Some other Democratic leaders, while backing Pelosi, signaled that a march to impeachment may at some point become inevitable.

"We need to do our job and vote on impeachment", tweeted Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Pelosi has summoned them to a meeting Wednesday to assess strategy.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said if a House inquiry "leads to other avenues including impeachment ... so be it".

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White House counsel Don Mcgahn listens to Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington.

Both the Department of Justice and White House released statements on Monday arguing that Mr McGahn was under no obligation to give evidence.

A Washington, D.C. Federal judge denied President Donald Trump's request to quash a handful of Congressional subpoenas aimed at compelling his longtime financial firm to turn over documents related to Trump's business ventures.

The Republican National Committee last month paid $2 million to a law firm that employs the former White House counsel Donald McGahn and serves as the Trump campaign's main legal firm - the largest RNC payment to the firm recorded in recent years. The committee decides whether the resolution and its allegations of wrongdoing by the president merit a referral to the full House for a vote to launch a formal impeachment inquiry.

It has led some members of the Judiciary Committee, and even the Democratic leadership team, to call for impeachment proceedings against Trump, in an effort to advance their investigations in the face of what Democrats have described as an unprecedented White House stonewalling of Congress. "We've issued subpoenas, we've called for witnesses, the president has issued blanket executive privilege over the Mueller report".

However, the Democrats' vacuous justifications for targeting Trump have been rewarded by Judge Amit Mehta, appointed by Barack Obama, to whom Mehta also donated.

The Mueller report detailed how Mr McGahn felt the president had pressured him to fire Mr Mueller and, later, write a memo saying that Mr Trump had issued no such directive.

Attorney General William Barr and others now are investigating how the Russian Federation probe began. "So you can say.we need this information to carry out our oversight responsibilities and among them is impeachment. In the event an accommodation is agreed between the Committee and the White House, Mr. McGahn will of course comply with that accommodation".

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