A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by angry Democrats that would have forced former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before one of their toxic and unruly committees.
The court ruled 2-1 in favor of the Trump White House.
Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi hurt the most–
Adam Schiff addresses the question of whether Congress should wait longer for the White House to cooperate: “People should understand what that means. It has taken us 8 months to get a court ruling that Don McGahn has no absolute right to defy Congress.EIGHT MONTHS.”#Impeachment pic.twitter.com/wNCh4YXxL1
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) December 10, 2019
A federal appeals court Friday dismissed the US House of Representatives’ lawsuit seeking to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, in a major win for the White House in its attempts to block officials from testifying to Congress.
In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled it wouldn’t police the standoff between the House Judiciary Committee and the White House.
“If federal courts were to swoop in to rescue Congress whenever its constitutional tools failed, it would not just supplement the political process; it would replace that process with one in which unelected judges become the perpetual ‘overseer[s]’ of our elected officials. That is not the role of judges in our democracy, and that is why Article III compels us to dismiss this case,” Judge Thomas Griffith wrote in the opinion.
The case has tested whether the White House could block its current and former officials from speaking to Congress.
This didn’t age well.
BREAKING: In a new ruling ordering Don McGahn to testify before Congress, the Court compares the D.O.J.'s argument to Orwell's "Animal Farm," that "all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." pic.twitter.com/snWEZlJ9YH
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) November 26, 2019