The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed DHS Chief Kevin McAleenan over a story that came out in the Washington Post that claimed Trump told his staffers to disobey federal law at the border because he would Pardon them.
The US House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief over questions about whether officials were offered pardons by President Donald Trump.
The committee issued the subpoenas on Wednesday, having approved them in July. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the subpoenas were part of the panel’s investigation into whether to pursue articles of impeachment against Trump.
“The dangling of pardons by the president to encourage government officials to violate federal law would constitute another reported example of the president’s disregard for the rule of law,” Nadler said in a statement.
The questions centre on acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. Shortly after McAleenan took over, Trump told him he would pardon him if he were to find himself in trouble for blocking people seeking asylum, people familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity.
McAleenan has said he was not asked, directed or pressured to do anything illegal, but has also said his conversations with the president are privileged information.
The committee said the subpoena required McAleenan to appear before the panel at 10am (14:00 GMT) on September 17 to provide a number of documents, notes and communications including those related to March 21 and April 5 meetings between Trump and DHS officials, according to a copy of the subpoena released by the panel.
Trump has denied making such an offer, and his allies have reportedly claimed his closed-door comments — revealed in media reports — were jokes. But Democrats say they want to see the records from inside the department, particularly as the Judiciary Committee weighs the prospect of impeachment.
What no-one is seemingly picking up on is the fact that the DHS Chief himself has come under fire from President Trump’s supporters.
This could become an issue for President Trump. I do not trust anyone involved in this story and once narratives get rolling there is no stopping them. Democrats know the only way to stop Trump is to impeach him. They have no issue making stuff up or taking things out of context to do it either.
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