When it rains, it pours. When you’re Donald Trump and you’re being impeached, it’s more like a torrential downpour. He’s been desperately trying to stop the likes of Marie Yovanovitch, Fiona Hill, Bill Taylor, and Philip Reeker from testifying about his crimes for the House impeachment inquiry, but thus far he’s failed on every count. Now an old name is coming out of the woodwork, despite Trump’s best efforts to stop him.
Earlier this year the House tried to compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify about Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice crimes. But the White House advised McGahn that it would have been illegal for him to testify, and so the whole thing went into legal limbo. But yesterday the courts ruled that the House impeachment process is fully legal, and that Trump has no right to stop anyone from cooperating.
Just a few hours later, like clockwork, word surfaced to Politico that the Department of Justice is planning to let Don McGahn testify after all. The DOJ is claiming that it’s been negotiating McGahn’s testimony with the House for quite some time, but let’s be real here: this is a sign of surrender by the DOJ, now that the courts have ruled that it has no legal basis for standing in the way of impeachment.
In a humorous twist, the Trump regime is now fighting for Don McGahn’s testimony to be behind closed doors, presumably for fear of just how devastating it will be to Donald Trump. This comes even as Trump is attacking House Democrats for having other witnesses testify behind closed doors. But the bottom line is that McGahn is now finally going to testify about Trump’s crimes, and Trump is left meekly fighting for scraps about the details of the testimony.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report