President Donald Trump has directed former White House counsel Donald McGahn not to testify on Tuesday before Congress about events relating to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the White House said on Monday.
In a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., White House counsel Pat Cipollone writes “that McGahn is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony with respect to matters occurring during his service as a senior adviser to the President” citing previous Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel opinions, along with OLC guidance specific to McGahn’s testimony.
Because of this “constitutional immunity” — Cipollone writes — “the President has directed Mr. McGahn not to appear at the Committee’s scheduled hearing on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.”
The Judiciary Committee kicked off a wide-ranging investigation in March into Trump for allegations of obstruction of justice and abuses of power.
McGahn is emerging as a central witness in the committee’s probe, after Mueller’s report outlined Trump’s directives to McGahn to shut down the Mueller probe.