President Trump on Monday instructed former White House Counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena and decline to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday as scheduled. The committee subpoenaed McGahn after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on potential instances of Trump obstructing justice cited McGahn's testimony at length. If McGahn skips his scheduled hearing, he could be cited for contempt of Congress. However, the Department of Justice provided a legal opinion to explain his absence; the DOJ has long held that high-ranking White House advisers have "absolute immunity" from congressional subpoenas. McGahn is reportedly weighing the risk of angering Trump, as his law firm, which works closely with top Republicans, could suffer as a result.
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