"Mr. Lewandowski's conversations with the President and with the President's senior advisers are protected from disclosure by long-established principles protecting the privacy interests of the executive branch," wrote White House lawyer Pat Tsipolon, "and as a result The White House has directed Mr Lewandowski not to provide information on such communications beyond the information provided in parts of the Report already disclosed to the Committee. "
The Judicial Committee of the Chamber last month summoned Lewandowski, Dearborn and P. But White is Not Expected to Appear at Home, sources say, citing White House arguments, while Democrats on the Judiciary Committee rejected the Trump administration's legal arguments on immunity and the right to claim privilege of the executive branch.
In a statement Monday night, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said the decision to prevent aides from giving evidence was a "shocking and dangerous" exercise of executive privilege.
"The president will make us believe that he can voluntarily engage in criminal activity and prevent witnesses from testifying before Congress ̵
"The Ministry of Justice advised me that Mr. Dearborn and Mr. Porter are absolutely immune from congressional coercion regarding issues related to their services as senior advisor to the president, "Cipollone wrote in a separate letter.
Porter's lawyer, Brant Bishop, told the committee Monday. that the executive and the legislative branches were conflicting on the issue and Porter would respect the wishes of his former employer.
"The Committee's dispute is with the White House, not with Mr. Porter," Bishop wrote.
The McGahn case will probably determine whether Dearborn and Porter are in the fray
As Trump's first campaign manager, Lewandowski will not have the privilege of refusing to answer campaign questions. However, the Committee is most interested in asking him about details of Mueller about alleged episodes of the White House that he hardly responds to, including when the president allegedly instructed him to tell then Attorney General Jeff Cesis to limit the investigation into Mueller and
The White House does not assert an executive privilege, but it does claim its right in the future.
The White House makes similar claims for law to claim executive privilege for someone who does not work in the White House, including when former Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobah testifies before the House Oversight Committee when the White House says Kobah talks with the president about adding a question and citizenship to the census in 2020 are "confidential".