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House Judiciary Democrat: If McGahn Doesn’t Testify, It’s Time to Open an Impeachment Inquiry

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said on CNN Monday that if former White House counsel Don McGahn does indeed defy a subpoena and skip out on testifying before Congress, an impeachment inquiry should be opened against President Donald Trump.

McGahn was expected to testify before the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, until the White House threw a wrench in that plan by instructing him to skip the appearance.

Cicilline said he still hopes McGahn will appear on Tuesday, and pointed out that executive privilege does not apply, despite an argument from the Justice Department.

“Let me be clear: if Don McGahn doesn’t testify, it is time to open an impeachment inquiry,” Cicilline said. “The president engaged in ongoing effort to impede our ability to find the truth, to collect evidence, to do our work.”

“I think we now have seen a pattern where the White House is continuing an effort to impede our search for the truth. No one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we expect Mr. McGahn to come before the committee and testify.”

“We are left with no other choice,” Cicilline said of his call for an impeachment inquiry. “This is a president who according to the Mueller report engaged in ten acts of obstruction of justice, who tried to get witnesses on his staff to lie, who has attempted to impede this investigation in very fundamental ways. And every effort we made to collect evidence, to produce documents, to hear from witnesses, this White House has blocked. There comes a point we are left with no choice but to begin inquiry so that we can get information we need to make an informed judgment at the end of that process.”

When asked by MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki if Cicilline was speaking for the Democratic party, he replied, “That is my view, I don’t know if it’s shared by other members of Democratic leadership.”

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