Trump news - live: Former president banned from Facebook until 2023 as Don McGahn makes landmark testimony

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Don McGahn, the Donald Trump-era White House Counsel who featured heavily in Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election, is testifying before a Congressional committee.

The Trump campaign veteran – who quit his White House role in 2018, some months after reportedly pushing back against the former president’s desire for the Justice Department to investigate his rivals Hillary Clinton and the former FBI director James Comey – is set to face the House Judiciary Committee as it probes whether the former president obstructed justice with efforts to thwart Mr Mueller’s investigation.

While Mr McGahn’s appearance on Friday marks the culmination of a two-year battle with the committee for his testimony, which resulted in him being sued for defying a subpoena on Mr Trump’s orders in 2019, a federal court ruling last month means that he will only face questioning over his public statements within Mr Mueller’s report – which referenced him hundreds of times, following some 30 hours of questioning.

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