Court rules ‘Presidents are not kings’

Even the most senior White House aides must testify, if ordered to by subpoena.

A federal court has ordered former White House Counsel Don McGahn to comply with a Congressional subpoena. The ruling explicitly states that “Presidents are not kings” and that “it is a core tenet of this Nation’s founding that the powers of a monarch must be split between the branches of the government to prevent tyranny.”

The ruling also finds that the President does not have any power to order anyone to disobey a subpoena. Such orders may, in fact, constitute criminal acts.

Read the full 120-page federal court ruling by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

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