A federal judge in Washington has ordered that former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify to House intelligence investigators, notwithstanding orders from the Trump administration, that he does not cooperate with Congress.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson unblocks the channel for McGahn’s testimony solicited by House Democrats in exploring Trump’s possible obstruction of justice related to the Russia probe.
Jackson stated in her 118-page ruling that “no one is above the law.”
She continued: “However busy or essential a presidential aide might be, and whatever their proximity to sensitive domestic and national-security projects, the President does not have the power to excuse him or her from taking an action that the law requires.”
The ruling could have connotations for other key witnesses, such as former national security adviser John Bolton who has declined to testify until a federal court considers the conflict between Congress and the White House.
The Trump administration is appealing, which could prevent McGahn’s testimony to House impeachment investigators.