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Trump orders Don McGahn not to testify to Congress

Stephen Dinan The Washington TimesMay 20, 2019

President Trump ordered former White House top lawyer Don McGahn not to testify to Congress, heading off a highly anticipated session with Democrats on Tuesday.

Armed with a legal opinion from the Justice Department, current White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said Mr. Trump is acting under longstanding precedent in refusing to let one of his top advisors speak about his activities within the White House.

“The Department of Justice ... has advised me that Mr. McGahn is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony with respect to matters occurring during his service as a senior advisor to the president,” Mr. Cipollone wrote to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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