White House lawyer John Eisenberg refused to show up to testify before the House on Monday, claiming that he has immunity as a close adviser of President Donald Trump.
Eisenberg received a subpoena on Friday and was expected to testify Monday. Besides the immunity issue, a few days–over a weekend, no less–would not be enough time to prepare for congressional testimony, Eisenberg’s lawyer William Burck said in notifying the House that his client would not appear.
“Even if Mr. Eisenberg had been afforded a reasonable amount of time to prepare, the President has instructed Mr. Eisenberg not to appear at the deposition,” Burck wrote.
Eisenberg reportedly suggested moving the transcript and recording of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky to a secure location and is considered a central figure in the impeachment inquiry.
Trump has repeatedly insisted that he did not pressure Ukraine to investigate potential opponent Joe Biden on the phone call, and has released a transcript of the call.
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