Former Trump counsel McGahn likely to testify next week on Russia inquiry obstruction

McGahn previously refused to testify in 2019, during Muller's investigation into Trump.

Updated: May 26, 2021 - 11:47am

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Former Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn has agreed to testify behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee on whether President Trump obstructed justice during the Russia investigation.

McGahn, the Justice Department, and lawyers for House Democrats struck an agreement for him to testify earlier in May, according to The New York Times.

Under their agreement, committee members can ask McGahn about incidents documented in the Mueller report about Trump's attempts to fire the special counselor and block the Russia investigation. His agreement was also contingent on there being no legal challenge to his participation in the matter.

Trump was under investigation at the time to determine whether he obstructed with an investigation to determine if Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election. Mueller later chose not to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

McGahn had previously refused to testify in 2019 and resulted in Democratic Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, issuing a subpoena to force McGahn to testify.