Stephanie Grisham

Statement by the Press Secretary on an Appeals Court Decision Regarding the Testimony of Donald F. McGahn II

February 29, 2020

We are pleased by yesterday's well-reasoned decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejecting a suit by House Democrats seeking to compel the testimony of former White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II.

The court recognized the long history, dating back to President George Washington, of presidents of all parties resisting improper information requests from Congress and rightly held that it is not the role of the courts to referee such inter-branch disputes. House Democrats went so far as to impeach the President on a wholly partisan basis in part for resisting their improper efforts to compel testimony from senior administration officials such as Mr. McGahn. The President was completely vindicated by his acquittal in the Senate trial, and his legal position resisting House Democrats' lawsuit has now been vindicated by the courts as well.

We hope and expect that yesterday's decision will put to rest House Democrats' desperate, unfounded, and unlawful attacks against President Trump so that Congress can, at long last, turn its attention to joining with the Administration to work for the American people.

Stephanie Grisham, Statement by the Press Secretary on an Appeals Court Decision Regarding the Testimony of Donald F. McGahn II Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/340107

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