Two former Trump aides ordered to defy House subpoenas

The White House has ordered two former aides to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart' GOP sues California over Newsom's vote-by-mail order MORE to defy their subpoenas to appear at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. 

White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter to the panel that the Justice Department recommended and Trump directed Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter to go against their subpoenas due to "constitutional immunity."  

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The letter said the two were told not to go “because of the constitutional immunity that protects senior advisers to the president from compelled congressional testimony, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of President."

Democrats are legally objecting to the ability to declare "absolute immunity" in a suit against former White House counsel Don McGahn.

The only expected witness for Tuesday's hearing now is former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiHouse panel releases long-awaited transcripts from Russia probe Hillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — FCC fines mobile carriers 0M for selling user data | Twitter verified fake 2020 candidate | Dems press DHS to complete election security report | Reddit chief calls TikTok spyware Rod Blagojevich joins app where people can pay for personalized video message MORE. Cipollone instructed Lewandowski in another letter that he should not disclose private conversations with the president beyond what is public from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report, The Associated Press reported. 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThe House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on Democrats call on DHS to allow free calls at ICE detention centers Warren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar MORE (D-N.Y.) subpoenaed all three to discuss what was reported by Mueller and to investigate whether Trump should be impeached. 

Nadler said in a statement Monday night that the White House's directions are a "shocking and dangerous assertion."

“The President would have us believe that he can willfully engage in criminal activity and prevent witnesses from testifying before Congress — even if they did not actually work for him or his administration,” Nadler said.