Chairman Nadler Statement on Testimony of Don McGahn
Washington, June 4, 2021
Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) issued the following statement on former White House Counsel Don McGahn's testimony before the Committee:
"Under the terms of our agreement with the Department of Justice, we cannot yet comment on the specific details of Mr. McGahn’s testimony. We will release the full transcript as soon as we can.
"But I can say that Mr. McGahn testified at length to an extremely dangerous period in our nation’s history—in which President Trump, increasingly unhinged and fearful of his own liability, attempted to obstruct the Mueller investigation at every turn. 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.
"In one sense, today is a great victory for congressional oversight. By securing Mr. McGahn’s testimony, we have made clear that the executive branch must respect our subpoenas. There is no such thing as so-called ‘absolute immunity’ from congressional testimony, and good congressional investigators will eventually secure their witness.
"On the other hand, two years is clearly too long to wait to enforce a valid subpoena, and the Trump era has taught us that Congress can no longer depend on good faith cooperation with our committees. Although I am grateful to the Biden Administration for helping us to hear this testimony, I also look forward to advancing legislation that would allow us to enforce our own subpoenas in a far more timely manner, no matter who holds power in Washington."A transcript of the interview will be made available at a later date.