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A federal judge has ruled that former WH Counsel Don McGahn must testify before Congress, writing that the WH’s claim of absolute immunity “simply does not exist” and “has no basis in the law."

“Presidents are not kings,” the judge concluded.
“However busy or essential a presidential aide might be, and whatever their proximity to sensitive domestic and national-security projects, the President does not have the power to excuse him or her from taking an action that the law requires," the judge wrote.
"DOJ’s claim to absolute testimonial immunity—essentially, that the Constitution’s scheme countenances unassailable Executive branch authority—is baseless," the ruling continues.
"The Court cannot abide DOJ’s less-than-subtle suggestion that the Legislature and the Judiciary are both hopelessly stymied when it comes to addressing alleged abuses by the Executive branch, such that, ultimately, the President wields virtually unchecked power."
The judge also implies that today’s ruling may apply to aides other than Don McGahn:

“It is clear to this Court for the reasons explained above that, with respect to senior-level presidential aides, absolute immunity from compelled congressional process simply does not exist.”
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