House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler proceeded with a scheduled hearing Tuesday despite President Trump's order to former White House Counsel Don McGahn not to appear as a witness.
"Our subpoenas are not optional," Nadler said, warning McGahn to "correct his mistake immediately" or he would go to court to legally compel him to appear. "This committee will have no choice but to enforce the subpoena against him."
Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, blasted Nadler, saying the hearing was a theatrical spectacle and said the chairman preferred a public "fight over fact-finding."
"Even gaveling in today's hearing without a witness is theatrical. The cameras love the spectacle. I just am glad today to see that we don't have chicken on the dais," Collins quipped, referring to Rep. Steve Cohen's display of fried chicken at the last hearing where Attorney General Bill Barr did not show.