More impeachment calls as Trump blocks lawyer testimony
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The House Democrats renewed their impeachment calls after former White House Counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to appear before Congress for a hearing on Tuesday.
"Our subpoenas are not optional," said House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, after the failed hearing.
"Let me be clear: this committee will hear Mr. McGahn's testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it," he said. "We will hold this president accountable, one way or the other.”
In an extraordinary move, Trump has vowed to block all subpoenas of his current and former staff to appear for a hearing about US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on an alleged collusion between his campaign team and the Russian government in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential elections.
The Trump administration claims that Mueller’s report cleared the American head of state of wrongdoing and that there are no further questions to answer.
In a couple of tweets on Tuesday, Trump, however, said that he had "allowed everyone to testify" to Mueller's team and accused the Democrats of seeking a "do-over" of the special counsel’s investigation.
A brief version of the Mueller report released by the Justice Department said his 22-month investigation found no evidence of collusion between Russians and Trump’s election campaign.
Democrats, however, are calling for the release of the full Mueller report.
Mueller, a former FBI director, had been examining since May 2017 whether Trump’s election campaign colluded with Moscow to try to influence the presidential election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.
The Justice Department released the investigation results in late March, which did not uncover evidence to establish that Trump’s campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow. However, it did show that Trump tried to impede the investigation.
Trump has described as a “witch hunt” Mueller's investigation, saying it "must never be allowed to happen again."