White House directs former aide not to answer over 200 questions in congressional probe
U.S. President Donald Trump's White House prevented a former aide from answering more than 200 questions posed by Democrats in Congress who are investigating whether Trump interfered with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to a transcript released on Monday. Former White House lawyer Annie Donaldson repeatedly told the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that the White House had directed her not to answer questions about various incidents described in Mueller's 488-page report. "The White House has directed that I not respond to this question because of the constitutionally-based Executive Branch confidentiality interests that are implicated," she said - a total of 212 times.
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