Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn was questioned for hours Friday by House Judiciary Committee Democrats about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether then-President Donald Trump tried to head it off.
Few explosive or timely new revelations were expected from the closed-door interview. But McGahn’s appearance marks the end of a two-year legal standoff over whether an executive branch official can be forced to testify to Congress, even if his appearance does not provide either side with a clear-cut legal victory.
Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, and other panel members from both parties were limited in what they could ask McGahn under an “agreement in principle” worked out among McGahn’s lawyers, President Joe Biden’s Justice Department, and House legal counsel.
“I think he’s being somewhat difficult,” Nadler said, declining to go into details about what topics were discussed. “But you’ll see that when the transcript comes out.”
A transcript of McGahn’s testimony is supposed to be publicly released within seven days. But Nadler said he was unsure when it would be public because it first will be reviewed by lawyers for the Justice Department, Trump and McGahn.
Committee Democrats and Republicans are taking