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When Trump ordered Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, McGahn threatened to quit his job as White House counsel because of the “crazy shit” Trump asked him to do, according to the Mueller report.

Now, Congress wants to hear from McGahn personally about Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a subpoena on Monday to McGahn — who started cooperating with Mueller in August of 2018 and formally departed the Trump administration in October — for both documents and testimony related to Trump’s obstruction attempts.

McGahn “is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report,” Nadler said in a statement about the subpoena.

The subpoena requires the former White House counsel to turn over relevant documents to the Judiciary Committee no later than May 7, and compels his testimony before the committee on May 21.

Nadler said McGahn’s testimony will “help shed further light on the President’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same.”

McGahn was a key witness during Mueller’s investigation. According to the Mueller report, Trump ordered McGahn to fire Mueller sometime in 2017. Trump called him twice, saying, “Mueller has to go.” McGahn refused, and was prepared to resign from his position, telling one colleague he was doing so because Trump kept asking him to do “crazy shit.”

In March, Nadler sent a letter to McGahn and 80 other individuals and entities requesting information related to Trump’s activities. The subpoena legally compels McGahn to both turn over those requested documents, and to testify before the committee.

Nadler is lining up a series of high-profile hearings during the month of May to build the case of obstruction against Trump. Attorney General William Barr is expected to testify on May 2, and Nadler is also in contact with the Justice Department to arrange a time for Mueller himself to publicly testify before the end of May.

Even in its redacted form, the Mueller report, released last Thursday, “outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses,” Nadler says.

Nadler added that it is the role of Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, to hold Trump accountable.

Hearing from key witnesses — including but not limited to McGahn, Barr, and Mueller — is all a part of Congress fulfilling this constitutional duty.

Published with permission of The American Independent. 

IMAGE: Former White House counsel Donald McGahn, at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)


Twitter has restricted access to a tweet posted Monday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, in which the Florida Republican called for what commenters described as extrajudicial killings of protesters.

"Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted, joining Donald Trump and other Republicans in blaming anti-fascists for the violence across the country at protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, even as Floyd said he could not breathe. Autopsies have found that Floyd died of asphyxia.While Gaetz's tweet is still up, users have to click on it to see its contents. It's covered by a box that reads, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Democratic lawmakers called out Gaetz in response to the tweet and urged Twitter to remove it from the social media platform.

"Take the Gaetz tweet down right now @twitter. RIGHT NOW," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Monday night. "The survivors of mass shootings are lighting up my phone. They are scared to death this will inspire someone to start shooting into a crowd tonight. They are right."

After Twitter took action against his tweet, Gaetz said, "Their warning is my badge of honor."

"Antifa is a terrorist organization, encouraging riots that hurt Americans. Our government should hunt them down. Twitter should stop enabling them. I'll keep saying it," Gaetz said in a tweet that he pinned to the top of his profile page.

Donald Trump has demanded that the antifa movement be labeled a domestic terrorist organization.

However, as factcheck.org noted, "There is no such official federal designation for domestic terrorism organizations." Even if such a designation existed, the site said, it would be "difficult or questionable" to categorize antifa in that manner because it is not an organized group with a hierarchy and leadership.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.