House Democrats file suit to force Don McGahn to testify, saying his testimony needed for impeachment investigation

he House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday filed suit to compel former White House counsel Don McGahn’s testimony, arguing that the committee needs to hear from him to determine whether it should consider articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

…Trump directed McGahn to flout the committee’s subpoena for documents and testimony following the publication of the report by former special counsel Robert Mueller, and the Trump administration has argued that McGahn and other close advisers to the President have “absolute immunity” from congressional testimony due to executive privilege.

The outcome of the court fight that Democrats started on Wednesday could set the precedent for a litany of House subpoenas attempting to obtain documents or compel testimony from various officials in the Trump administration, as well as for future fights over executive privilege between the executive and legislative branches.

…House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referenced the lawsuit in a letter to colleagues Wednesday, in another signal that she’s opening the door to considering impeachment. 

…McGahn did not appear when the committee gaveled into session in May for his hearing, setting the stage for a House vote to go to court to enforce McGahn’s subpoena. The subpoena to McGahn is one of a number the committee has issued and been rebuffed by the White House: both former communications director Hope Hicks and former McGahn deputy Annie Donaldson did not answer nearly all of the questions that the committee asked of them related to their time at the White House.

…When President George W. Bush’s former top counsel, Harriet Miers, and his former chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, did not comply with subpoenas issued by the Judiciary Committee, a judge ruled in 2008 that they couldn’t ignore them.

…McGahn, no longer in the administration and now represented by a private attorney, isn’t protected from testimony by the same attorney-client confidentiality as other lawyers because his client wasn’t President Donald Trump or any one person when he served as White House counsel.

…The special counsel’s investigation documented how Trump told McGahn to fire the special counsel, which he did not do, and then told McGahn to lie publicly about Trump telling him to dismiss Mueller.

House Democrats file suit to force Don McGahn to testify, saying his testimony needed for impeachment investigation – CNNPolitics

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Ivanka Trump: Let’s Focus On the Shootings My Dad Isn’t Responsible For

“With 7 dead and 52 wounded near a playground in the Windy City- and little national outrage or media coverage- we mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner city communities every day.” 

…That people are regularly shot and killed in Chicago, and that the violence rarely receives as much coverage as other mass shootings, is of course true, but the first daughter‘s concern might’ve seemed at least slightly sincere had she expressed it at any other time than while her father is taking heat for whipping racists into a frenzy and creating an environment in which they believe it’s okay to go on killing sprees if their targets are of the nonwhite variety. (Her previous mentions of the Windy City mostly center around promoting spa treatments and cocktails at the Trump Hotel Chicago, plus a photo op with the new mayor.) It would also carry a bit more weight if her father’s comments about “inner city communities” weren’t filled with dog whistles, or if he actually had a plan to reduce the number of gun-related deaths in Chicago by restricting access to firearms, which of course he does not.

…Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago fact-checked Ivanka’s tweets (“It wasn’t a playground, it was a park. It wasn’t seven dead. It wasn’t 52 wounded in one incident, which is what this suggests.”) and said that she “isn’t going to be distracted by nonsense tweets from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Ivanka Trump: Let’s Focus On the Shootings My Dad Isn’t Responsible For | Vanity Fair

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Ohio Rep. Candice Keller says she won’t resign over mass shooting comments

Keller is [ignoring] calls to step down for comments blaming mass shootings in Dayton, Texas, and elsewhere on everything from gay marriage and transgender people to open borders and legalized marijuana.

Ohio Rep. Candice Keller says she won’t resign over mass shooting comments – cleveland.com

Can we all just agree that a lot people who use the word, “conservative,” are using it to me “bigoted hater” ? Seems like we could save ourselves a lot of time and trouble.

Cyntoia Brown was released from a Tennessee prison today. Here are 4 things to know about her case

At 16 she was solicited for sex by Johnny Mitchell Allen.

He brought her back to his house, Brown testified, where she saw a gun cabinet. Brown testified that she had been forced into prostitution by a pimp and resisted Allen. But then, she said she saw him reach under the bed, and she believed he was going to kill her.

In self-defense, she reached for a gun in her purse and shot him, she said.

…Rihanna posted on social media: “Imagine at the age of 16 being sex-trafficked by a pimp named ‘cut-throat.’ After days of being repeatedly drugged and raped by different men you were purchased by a 43-year-old child predator who took you to his home to use you for sex. You end up finding enough courage to fight back and shoot and kill him.”

Cyntoia Brown was released from a Tennessee prison today. Here are 4 things to know about her case – CNN

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