New testimony of ex-White House counsel highlights Trump's 'crazy' act near the 'point of no return'
By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Don McGahn, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66836007June 09, 2021Trump
The House Judiciary Committee has just released the 241-page transcript of testimony given last week by former Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn.
"All told, Mr. McGahn's testimony gives us a fresh look at how dangerously close President Trump brought us to, in Mr. McGahn's words, the 'point of no return,'" Chairman Jerry Nadler says.
At one point McGahn is questioned about his remarks that President Donald Trump asked him to do some "crazy shit."
In the transcript, House Judiciary Oversight Counsel Sarah Istel asks McGahn to read a sentence from prior testimony. This starts with McGahn saying "Okay":
A Okay. Priebus recalled that McGahn said that the President asked him to do, quote, "do crazy shit," unquote, but he thought McGahn did not tell him the specifics of the President's request because McGahn was trying to protect Priebus from what he did not need to know.
Q So, even if you don't recall saying those specific words, is that a fair characterization of how you viewed the President's request?
A Well, the President probably thinks this is an unfair characterization, but I —
Q I'm asking for your opinion.
A — think — I think it's fair.
Q Can you just repeat that for the record? You think it's fair?
A I think it's fair.
Q Thank you.
You can read the document below, or at the House Judiciary website (PDF download).
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