People For the American Way

PFAW: D.C. Circuit Panel Hands Trump a “Dangerous Weapon”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2020

Contact: Laurie Kinney at People For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 202-467-2307

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following today’s ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court, refusing to enforce the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena for testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn, People For the American Way Executive Vice President for Policy and Program Marge Baker released the following statement:

“We are deeply concerned about this ruling, which is a frightening endorsement of Donald Trump’s sweeping and unprecedented rejection of Congressional authority. Throughout the impeachment inquiry, Trump sought to completely shut down White House cooperation — claiming nearly unlimited executive privilege. He has also stonewalled important congressional oversight requests apart from impeachment. As Judge Judith Rogers’s dissent notes, this ruling ‘all but assures future Presidential stonewalling of Congress.’ In the hands of Donald Trump, today’s decision would be a dangerous weapon indeed, and we sincerely hope that the full D.C. Circuit will take up this ruling, which was made by a three-judge panel.”

About People For the American Way

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunityLearn more: http://www.pfaw.org.