White House witnesses defy Congressional subpoenas: DOJ says they’re ‘absolutely immune’

White House impeachment witnesses defy subpoenas absolute immunity (Fox News)
Four White House aides defied subpoenas for the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry of President Trump, a day after the Justice Department said they are “absolutely immune” from Congressional subpoenas. (screenshots)

Four high-level advisers to President Trump defied subpoenas from the Democrat-led House of Representatives, one day after the Department of Justice concluded that they are “absolutely immune” from Congressional subpoenas.

These top presidential advisers ignored subpoenas to appear this morning (Nov. 4) as part of the House’s dubious impeachment inquiry:

  • John Eisenberg, lead attorney for the National Security Council
  • Michael Ellis, senior associate counsel to the president
  • Brian McCormack, an official with the office of management and budget
  • Robert Blair, senior aide to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

The move occurred a day after the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel concluded that high-level presidential advisers are “absolutely immune” from Congressional subpoenas for their testimony.


(Source: Fox News)

In a Nov. 3 letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone (see below), Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel concluded that John Eisenberg is not required to comply with the subpoena issued by Democrat-led congressional committees.

Engel wrote: “We conclude that he is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony in his capacity as a senior adviser to the President.

The immunity also applies to other high-level Trump advisers, according to the letter.

Engel explained: “The Executive Branch has taken the position for decades that ‘Congress may not constitutionally compel the President’s senior advisers to testify about their official duties.'”

He continued: “This testimonial immunity is rooted in the separation of powers and derives from the President’s status as the head of a separate, co-equal branch of government. Because the President’s closest advisers serve as his alter egos, compelling them to testify would undercut the ‘independence and autonomy’ of the Presidency.”

On Monday morning, President Trump tweeted: “There is no reason to call witnesses to analyze my words and meaning. This is just another Democrat Hoax that I have had to live with from the day I got elected (and before!).”

Trump then doubled-down on his repeated assertions that he did nothing wrong during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Democrats are trying to impeach Trump because they claim that he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden’s alleged abuse of power when he was vice president.

As BizPac Review reported, both the Ukrainian president and Ukraine’s foreign minister have said that President Trump did not pressure them or make any demands.

The White House released a transcript of the call, which also contradicts claims that Trump offered a quid pro quo.

While he was Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if Ukraine didn’t fire its top prosecutor, who was investigating Burisma, an energy company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch. Under pressure from Biden, that prosecutor was fired.

At the time Joe made the threat, his son Hunter Biden was on the board of Burisma, raking in over $50,000 a month for a part-time gig for which he had no relevant experience or background.

Biden, who’s running to be the Democratic presidential nominee, even bragged on camera about how Ukraine buckled under his pressure to fire the prosecutor investigating Burisma.

 

Meanwhile, troubling revelations are surfacing about the highly partisan background of the whistleblower who filed the complaint that kickstarted the impeachment inquiry.

A former member of the National Security Council who also worked at the Pentagon told BizPac Review that the whistleblower is a left-wing political operative with a highly suspicious background:

  • The whistleblower is friends with Adam Schiff staffers Abigail Grace and Sean Misko.
  • He was a Susan Rice protege.
  • The whistleblower is a CIA analyst and expert on Ukraine and Russia.
  • He was detailed to the Obama White House NSC as Director of Baltic and Eastern European Affairs.
  • He traveled to Ukraine with Vice President Joe Biden.
  • He was involved in the 2016 correspondence about the $1 billion dollar loan guarantee Biden held up until prosecutor Victor Shokin was fired.
  • The whistleblower was fired from Trump’s National Security Council in July 2017.

Rather than being an impartial whistleblower, damning evidence suggests that he was groomed by Adam Schiff to file a bogus complaint against Trump.

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Samantha Chang is a senior staff writer for BizPac Review. She is a financial editor and lawyer based in New York City.
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