Blow for Trump as judge rules aides can testify in impeachment hearing

Donald Trump’s efforts to prevent his top aides from giving evidence in his impeachment hearing have been dealt a blow after a federal judge ordered former White House counsel Donald McGahn to appear before Congress.

The decision could lead to renewed efforts by Democrats to compel evidence from other high-ranking officials, including former national security adviser John Bolton.

Mr McGahn was a star witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and Democrats want to question him about possible obstruction of justice by the president.

That came just months before the House opened an impeachment inquiry into Mr Trump‘s effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton
Image:Former National Security Adviser John Bolton

The White House is set to appeal, arguing Mr McGahn and other witnesses have “absolute immunity” from giving evidence.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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