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1/ McDougal refused to answer questions before a grand jury and offered no basis for doing so.

Hicks refused to answer questions before Congress, at the advice of counsel, due to the White House assertion of privilege.
2/ Congress will try to force Hicks to answer its questions and will likely succeed. But courts are reluctant to get in the middle of battles between other branches of government.

Grand juries, on the other hand, are arms of the judiciary and a criminal law enforcement tool.
3/ It was always going to be easier for Mueller to obtain testimony than Congress. Hicks didn’t stonewall Mueller as she’s done to Congress.

In addition, as I mentioned above, Hicks has an excuse for not answering questions. McDougal didn’t.
4/ Yes, the privilege assertion by the White House won’t stand up in court. But on its face it is a valid excuse not to answer, and a court has to sort that out. That is precisely why the White House is asserting privilege even though its basis for doing so is shaky.
5/ I appreciate that this isn’t what some of you want to hear. But anyone trying to convince you that there isn’t an important difference between these two situations is either ignorant or trying to mislead you. /end
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