Don McGahn testified in Congress on Friday after being sentenced two years ago.
Former President Donald Trump’s adviser at the White House Don McGahn “It’s also a new light” on Russia’s 2016 election in the US and the pressure on the lawyer to end the investigation, Democrats said on Friday.
McGahn, who became Trump’s attorney almost two years before he resigned in October 2018, testified at a closed-door meeting before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee.
McGahn appeared at a press conference he released two years ago to testify as the committee looks into cases involving Trump’s wrongdoing. In late 2019, the House voted to dismiss Trump’s case on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He was released by the Senate, then led by a Republican.
McGahn’s testimony documents are due to be announced in the coming days. According to the Department of Justice, members of the Judicial Committee declined to elaborate on what they had previously said.
“Mr. McGahn was disappointed by President Trump’s refusal to follow his legal advice, over and over again, and to reflect on new issues in a number of issues today,” committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.
Republican spokesman Matt Gaetz told reporters that McGahn’s testimony did not provide new information, however.
“The hope was that Don McGahn would be another important witness to bring new information needed to prosecute the finances and finances of hundreds of taxpayers,” said Demetats’ Gaetz.
Representative Madeleine Dean, head of the Judiciary Committee Democrat, told McGahn’s reporters “to bring up the problems they had, under pressure from the President to tell Rod Rosenstein to remove (Robert) Mueller.
At the time, Rosenstein was the attorney general and Mueller was questioning Trump and his 2016 Presidential campaign.
After a lengthy investigation, Mueller found “many links” between the campaign and the Russian people and ended the campaign “hoping to benefit” from Moscow’s attempts to vote for Trump. But Mueller said such interactions were not legal or would be difficult to prove in court.
As a White House expert, McGahn had insights into a number of sections of Mueller and his team that analyzed what could have undermined justice in the Russian investigation.
McGahn proved to be an important – and destructive – witness against Trump, whose name was mentioned several times in Mueller’s report and footnote.
McGahn explained to investigators what the President had repeatedly tried to do to end the investigation and the instructions he said he had received from the President had upset him.
He further added that Trump had asked him to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the time to advise him not to withdraw from the Russian investigation. McGahn also said Trump had asked him to tell the then attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, to remove Mueller from office on the grounds that it was clearly a contradiction – and, after the story was reported in the newspaper, a clear and false refusal had been made.
McGahn also described what led Trump to fire James Comey as FBI director, including the President forcing him to include in a final letter that Comey had assured Trump that he was not investigating him.