The House Judiciary Committee will sue the former White House secretary, Rob Porter, who was an important witness in Robert Mueller's investigation into obstruction of justice against Donald Trump.
Porter, who resigned last year after DailyMail.com demonstrated that he had abused his two ex-wives, was present during various incidents of potential obstruction that were mentioned in Mueller's 448-page report.
Democrats, who pursue Mueller's line of investigation after Attorney General William Barr refused to prosecute obstruction against Trump, are eager to talk to Porter, Politics reported.
House Democrats will sue Rob Porter, who served as Donald Trump's staff secretary and was a key witness in Robert Mueller's report – the two are seen together in August 2017 during Porter's administration time
Jerry Nadler, president of the House Judiciary, leads the Democratic view of whether Trump has impeded justice with regard to Mueller's investigation
Jerry Nadler, president of the house's judiciary, who leads the party's probe in Trump's actions regarding Mueller's report, said his investigation could lead the panel to vote to vote for a initiate the removal procedure against the President.
Porter's testimony can severely damage Trump, given his access to the Oval Office, his constant attendance at meetings, and the notes he has made about his work – some of which are quoted in Mueller's report.
The White House is likely to prevent Porter from following the writ of summons because it blocked the former White House counselor from don McGahn to testify, citing the privilege of the executive.
McGahn was also present for several episodes in Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections and whether Trump wanted to obstruct the special counsel's investigation.
Democrats bring McGahn to court and would probably follow a similar route with Porter if he failed.
For two days, Porter conducted interviews with Mueller's staff during the probe.
The former White House secretary recalled in Mueller's report how the president asked him if the then associate attorney general Rachel Brand & # 39; in the team & # 39; and was interested in becoming a Attorney General – a step that would oversee Mueller's investigation.
Attorney General Jeff Session had subsequently withdrawn from overseeing Mueller, a move that made Trump furious and then deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein in charge of the Special Counsel's office.
Porter did not reach for Brand, but & # 39; understood the president to want to find someone to end the Russian investigation or dismiss the special counsel, although the president never explicitly said so, & quot; Mueller's report.
& # 39; Porter did not contact Brand because he was sensitive to the implications of that action and did not want to be involved in a series of events related to an attempt to terminate the investigation or dismiss the Special Counsel & # 39; , according to the report.
Porter was also present when Trump lashed out at McGahn for not fulfilling his demand to have Mueller fired, and during an Oval Office meeting in December 2017, Trump suggested that Sessions reject himself & # 39; supervision of Mueller's investigation.
Rob Porter, seen in the White House with President Trump in 2017, checked the paperwork from and to the Oval Office
Rob Porter was heavily favored by the then Chief of Staff John Kelly, who initially defended him after DailyMail.com had revealed allegations of Porter's ex-wives; the two men are being prepared to board Marine One in November 2017
Moreover, the Mueller probe found several cases in which Porter had not carried out or thwarted Trump's orders.
As staff secretary, Porter had an unusual power in the White House – control over what paperwork reached the president desk and where paperwork from the Oval Office ended up. He also acted as a gatekeeper in terms of who had access to the president.
He was heavily favored by the then Chief of Staff John Kelly, who initially defended him after DailyMail.com had revealed allegations of two former Porter women that he had defeated them, with one of them with photos of a black eye, she said Porter gave her.
Porter denied the allegations, but eventually took up his job at the White House.
He developed close relationships with White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump during his tenure and had a relationship with the then White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.
Porter then dated White House Communications Director Hope Hicks during his time in Trump's administration – the two are seen together during Trump's visit to China 2017
Porter was also close to White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
Porter's ex-women said they had informed the FBI in January 2017 of their allegations of emotional and physical abuse during the background check of Porter's security clearance.
Porter worked with a temporary approval and used sensitive information as part of his work.
McGahn and Kelly appeared to be familiar with the allegations against Porter at the FBI, but kept Porter working at the White House and processing sensitive information.
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