House Democrats Say Trump Could Be Impeached Again

Lawyers are still seeking Don McGahn testimony
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2019 5:28 AM CST
House Democrats Say Trump Could Be Impeached Again
In this Sept. 27, 2018 photo, then-White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.   (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

President Trump, the third president in American history to be impeached, could be the first to be impeached twice. House Democrats said in a court filing Monday that new articles of impeachment could be introduced if new evidence shows that Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation, Politico reports. The House Judiciary Committee said it is still seeking testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn, who was subpoenaed in March. "If McGahn’s testimony produces new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the Articles approved by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly—including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment," House Counsel Douglas Letter wrote.

The Justice Department argued that the Dec. 18 impeachment vote meant that testimony from McGahn—a key witness in Robert Mueller's investigation—was no longer urgently required, the Washington Post reports. But "the Committee is continuing to conduct its inquiry into whether the president committed other impeachable offenses," House lawyers wrote. "The Committee's investigations did not cease with the House’s recent impeachment vote." Trump blocked McGahn from complying with the committee subpoena. House lawyers told the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that it should "address and reject" the White House's theory that presidential advisers are "absolutely immune from compelled Congressional testimony," reports the Hill. (More Trump impeachment stories.)

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