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the White House on Monday blocked former counsel Donald again from testifying at a congressional hearing scheduled for Tuesday the latest act of defiance in a deepening fight between democratic lawmakers and president Donald Trump we're talking about the future White House attorney said in a letter that McGann should not appear due to constitutional immunity and to protect the prerogatives of the office of the presidency for future presidents I think it's a very important precedent in a statement White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said quote the department of justice has provided a legal opinion stating that based on long standing bipartisan and constitutional precedent the former counsel to the president cannot be forced to give such testimony and Mister McGann has been directed to act accordingly Democrats issued a subpoena last month from again to testify and hope that he be a star witness in the house judiciary committee's investigation into whether Donald Trump obstructed justice he figured prominently in special counsel Robert Muller is report on Russian interference in the twenty sixteen election which detailed several instances in which he said trump attempted to interfere in the probe including asking began to have Muller fired which McGann ignored it is our constitutional duty the democratic chair of the committee said last month that began is a critical witness and said he would hold the attorney in contempt if he didn't show up fighting well dissipate as trump declared last month that his administration would refuse to cooperate with every congressional probe and has dismissed them as political harassment the score points ahead of the twenty twenty elections in most of the cases where trump and his advisors are refusing to cooperate they run the legal risk of contempt of Congress citations and court enforcement actions that could result in fines and even imprisonment