White House refuses to allow former COVID-19 adviser to testify before Congress in censorship investigation

EXCLUSIVE — A former COVID-19 senior adviser in the Biden administration was forced to defy a congressional subpoena this week after the White House instructed him not to comply with it because of concerns with the rules surrounding his appearance.

Andrew Slavitt, a longtime health official who worked on President Joe Biden’s coronavirus response team, was scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Jan. 31. Letters obtained by the Washington Examiner reveal the White House instructed Slavitt not to appear.

“To protect the constitutional separation of powers and the institutional interests of the White House, I write to inform you that the White House does not authorize Mr. Slavitt to appear at the Committee’s scheduled deposition,” White House counsel Richard Sauber wrote to Slavitt’s attorney one day before the scheduled deposition.

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