Caving to President Donald Trump’s illegal order, former White House Counsel Don McGahn has announced that he won’t show up and testify before the House Judiciary Committee. The move set off a chain of events that resulted in multiple members of the committee publicly calling for an impeachment inquiry against Trump to begin.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Chairman Jerry Nadler, urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. Although Nadler eventually deferred to Pelosi’s desire to let the court battles over evidence and witnesses advance further first, it’s now clear that an impeachment inquiry is coming soon – and the dismantling of Don McGahn is coming even sooner.
It’s unclear what legal consequences the House Judiciary Committee will fire off at Don McGahn once today’s hearing begins at 10am and he’s not there. Will they fine him? Arrest him? The committee clearly wants to take a big swing, so we’ll see one.
The question is what Donald Trump will do once the committee begins ripping apart McGahn’s life for siding with Trump instead of siding with the law.
If the past few hours of twists and turns in the House Democratic caucus are any indication, it appears to be the beginning of Trump’s impeachment.