Don McGahn, former White House Counsel, has been ordered by a federal judge to appear before Congress.
McGahn, who wanted to assert executive privilege, was told by US District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson that he needs to appear before Congress to do so.
Jackson added that the “requested information is itself subject to withholding consistent with the law on the basis of a recognized privilege, but as far as the duty to appear is concerned, this Court holds that Executive branch officials are not absolutely immune from compulsory congressional process.”
A Justice Department official announced that they will appeal the Judge’s decision and are seeking a stay until that appeal has been started. If the ruling is upheld by a higher court, it could set a precedent that makes it much more difficult for White House employees to claim executive privilege.
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