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    Washington County is reported to be one of two counties where Russians accessed voter information records before the 2016 election. Politico reports that a person in Florida close to the investigation confirmed that the small Panhandle county was successfully penetrated by the Russian military's spy agency. It was previously known that Russians targeted all 67 counties in Florida before the election, but it wasn't clear until the release of the Mueller report that some of those attempts had been successful. In the past week, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida’s congressional delegation were briefed about the attack by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security but were told to keep the names of the two counties confidential. Yesterday, members of Florida's congressional delegation said it's unacceptable that the agencies won't publicly identify the two counties. 'That rationale is ludicrous,' said Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz. Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Miami said the FBI found no evidence Russian hackers were able to change vote tallying but  “couldn’t say with certainty they did not manipulate [voter] data.” According to Poltico, two sources in Florida said they suspect the other hacked elections office was in a “mid-sized county on the East Coast of the state.” Washington County is home to about 25,000 residents. About 77 percent of the more than 11,000 votes were cast for President Trump in 2016.
  • There is no shortage of events to take the family or friends this weekend. Orlando Date Night Guide has narrowed down this list of the best festivals and functions happening near Orlando: AnastasiaMay 14 – 19Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing ArtsVarious ticket prices  28th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre FestivalMay 14 – 2714-day art festival featuring hundreds of shows throughout multiple venues in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. Shows range from comedy to burlesque, music to drama, and everything in between.Orlando Loch Haven ParkFringe button $10/person; most shows $10/person MegaCon Orlando 2019May 16-19Orange County Convention CenterThe South East’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event, attracting over 100,000 fans each year across four big days.Tickets start at $20 Mess FestMay 18-19Orlando Science CenterRoll up your sleeves and prepare to make a mess with Orlando Science Center during Mess Fest! Children and adults alike will get elbows-deep in the gooiest, slimiest, most colorful activities to splatter the Science Center.$15.95 or free for members Orlando Book FestivalSaturday, May 18, 10am-5pmOrlando Public LibraryThe Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. Enjoy opening and closing keynotes from New York Times bestselling authors Daniel José Older and Delilah S. Dawson.FREE Admission Beer ‘Merica Craft Beer Festival 2019Saturday, May 18, 3-6pmGaston Edwards ParkBeer ‘Merica will bring together over 100 American craft brews in celebration of American Craft Beer Week on Saturday, May 18. Enjoy an afternoon with live music, delicious food, and complimentary craft brew samplings. Beer ‘Merica is dog friendly as long as they are on a leash.$35-70 Docs Rock for NFSaturday, May 18, 5:30pmMad Cow TheatreJoin the NF Network and AdventHealth at Docs Rock for NF, a benefit concert for neurofibromatosis. Enjoy music and dancing with Stone Lotus, as well as entertainment for the kids in the new children’s theater. Come early before the show to enjoy food catered by 4Rivers Smokehouse and Jason’s Deli. Food will be available at 5:30, followed by the concert beginning at 6:30.$35 Full Moon Flower PaddleSaturday, May 18, 7:30-9:30pmThe Waterfront OrlandoPaddleboard instructors will be in the water to lead the tour or you can explore on your own. Instruction will also be included for beginners.$30
  • Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the large reptile was spotted Tuesday morning on a MacDill Air Force Base flight line. The base shared a photo of the creature on Facebook, saying the friendly alligator was just preparing for take-off. The wing safety office's wildlife manager organized the animal's removal by luring it into the bucket of a front-end loader.
  • Finding a clean, comfortable bathroom off the highway continues to be a concern for drivers.  So much in fact, the folks at GasBuddy collected millions of reviews over three years and made a map of the best brands in each state.  To make the cut, brands needed to have at least 20 gas stations within those borders.  “The reputation of gas station restrooms has cleaned up significantly in the past three years, with brands making concentrated efforts to make their facilities sparkle,” says Frank Beard, convenience store and retail trends analyst at GasBuddy. Utah-based gas station Maverik captured the most states and Texas-based Buc-ee’s clenches the top spot with the highest-rated gas station restrooms in the nation.  In Florida, Wawa ranked number one.
  • If you’re looking to wow mom this weekend or just get on the town for something different, here are a few ideas to mull over. Art and Music in the Park and Food Truck BazaarFriday, May 10, 6-9pmLake Concord ParkWhile listening to the music, you’ll be able to stroll through the park and shop at more than 20 local businesses and artisan booths selling jewelry, photography, paintings, and an assortment of other unique gifts and services.FREE Admission Jazz on the Vineyard GreenMay 11-12Lakeridge WineryEnjoy a glass of Lakeridge wine and listen to live Jazz music on our outdoor stage by some the area’s most talented Jazz musicians. You can also enjoy more music inside at our popular the Wine & Cheese Bar along with complimentary Winery tours and wine tasting. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the day!$10 Orlando Pottery Festival: Spring Festival & Arts MarketSaturday, May 11, 9am-5pmFlorida Army National Guard Armory, 2809 S Ferncreek Ave., OrlandoA new Spring Festival & Arts Market, featuring unique handmade ceramic gifts created by more than 35 talented local artists and a special Mother’s Day Eve Tea—served all day!FREE Admission College Park Spring FestSaturday, May 11, 5-11pmEdgewater Drive, College ParkCollege Park Spring Fest (formerly Dancing on the Drive) will feature a festive and vibrant vibe along Edgewater Drive with live music, live painting, art installations, giant inflatable Twister, food trucks, a beer garden with local craft brews, and the local shops and restaurants open onto the street.$10 minimum donation RocktopiaSunday, May 12, 8pmDr. Phillips Center for the Performing ArtsTickets start at $35 Adapted from an Orlando Date Night Guide post by writer Arlene Laboy. 
  • More than 1,000 handguns and rifles have been seized in a raid on a mansion in an upscale neighborhood in Los Angeles.  The weapons seizure came from an anonymous tip that firearms were being sold illegally out of the home, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) said.
  • A man is facing charges for what appears to be a drunken tirade against a TV news crew in Seminole County.  Christopher Davis is accused of yelling at a reporter for Fox 35 News last week in Altamonte Springs.  App users see a picture of the damage HERE. Deputies say he also followed the reporter back to their car, threatened them and smashed a beer bottle against the car's windshield.   No one was hurt, but damages are estimated at 500 dollars.
  • A researcher is making national headlines after catching a large tiger shark of the coast of Captiva, FL. Elliot Sudal says he had one fish bait left before catching the 13-foot animal, which he estimates weighed over a thousand pounds. Clayton Jennings posted a picture of the monster fish on Instagram. “Elliot has caught more sharks than most fisherman do in a lifetime and he said this was his biggest shark yet. And of course, we had to get in the water with it on a sandbar to set it free. He tags them for federal research and takes a blood sample to learn how to better protect sharks,” Jennings said on Instagram.
  • An anonymous tip led to the recovery of missing 20-year-old Faith Kepner in Kissimmee yesterday, according to St. Cloud Police. Kepner was found in “good health” despite being reported as missing and endangered. Police said her mother told investigators Faith lacked the mental capacity for her age due to a disability.  “They spoke to her, they found her to be coherent, [deputies] did not discover any mental illness with Faith. She stated she was fine... and wanted to live on her own, which was something the family was having a hard time understanding,” said Sgt. Frankie DelaRosa. Investigators had previously said Kepner left her home April 19 and was believed to have left voluntarily. On April 21, she told a Lynx bus operator about her intent to travel to North Florida before exiting the bus at Sanford's Seminole Towne Center, investigators said. At this time, the mother is not facing charges for telling investigators Faith had the mental capacity of a 13-year-old and was in danger, according to Sgt. DelaRosa. Faith wished to keep her location unknown but police said she is safe and living with roommates in Florida.
  • If you love margaritas, music, Game of Thrones or Star Wars, you are going to love all the fun festivities dotting the calendar this week around town. From Orlando Date Night Guide.com: It Is Here – It’s Always Winter Here at IceBarApril 13-May 18IceBar OrlandoSpecial Game of Thrones inspired secret drink menu, nightly GoT trivia, live ice carvings every Saturday, entertainment from live DJs and more. FREE Admission Orlando Story Club: What a RushWednesday, May 1, 7-10pmThe AbbeyOSC is a live storytelling competition which takes place at The Abbey in downtown Orlando. Anyone can enter byputting their name in the story hat, where 10 names will be randomly selected to compete. Each storyteller isgiven 5 mins to impress the audience and the top 3 tellers take home prizes. All proceeds benefit local charities. This month’s theme is What a Rush!$5 Vegan Pop Pastries and Beer PairingThursday, May 2, 6:30-7:30pmOrlando BrewingEnjoy four mini vegan, CAYCAKES pop-tarts paired with four, preselected 5oz. organic beers.$20 First Friday de MayoFriday, May 3, 5:30-9:30pmNew Broad Street, Baldwin ParkCinco de Mayo themed street festival with live music, artist/vendor booths, food, and libations.FREE Admission Movie Night at Leu Gardens: Crazy Rich AsiansFriday, May 3, 8:30pmLeu GardensThis month’s outdoor movie is Crazy Rich Asians. The gardens open at 6 and the movie begins at 8:30. Outside food and alcohol are permitted – enjoy responsibly!$6; free for members 8th Annual St. Johns River Festival of the ArtsMay 4-5Historic Downtown SanfordThis is a Fine Arts & Fine Crafts event filled with artwork from some of the best artists across the country! See Art-in-Action from live artist demonstrations. Create your own piece of artwork at workshops scheduled during the weekend.FREE Admission Manatee & Dolphin Encounter Paddle & A PintSaturday, May 4, 10amPlayalinda Brewing Company – Hardware StoreGet up close and personal with some of Florida’s most personable wildlife! Join Playalinda Brewing Company and A Day Away Kayak Tours for a Paddle & A Pint taking in some of the most memorable characters in the Indian River Lagoon! Ticket includes a 90-minute kayak tour, followed by a Playalinda beer with your fellow paddlers at Playalinda Brewing Company – Hardware Store.$40/person Kentucky Derby Viewing Party Featuring “The Run for the Rosé”Saturday, May 4, 11am-12amBoxi Park Lake NonaFeaturing Boxi Park’s “Run for the Rosé” the debut of the Tavistock Reserve Collection Rose, plus Boxi Park Southern Favorites Ginger Bourbon Lemonade and Kentucky Derby Mule. Live Bluegrass Music Starting at 11am.FREE Admission May the Fourth Be With YouSaturday, May 4, 6-10pmAudubon Park Garden DistrictIn addition to the May the Fourth Sip and Stroll with Rogue Beer, Mai Tai Fighter cocktail sampling and more, there will also be a Bicycle Drive In with a showing of The Force Awakens outside on a big screen on the Little League outfield (behind Redlight Redlight) and a free costume contest.FREE Admission for the movie screening; Sip and Stroll will be an additional cost. Adapted from Orlando Date Night Guide post by writer Arlene Laboy. 
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  • Former White House counsel Don McGahn failed to appear Tuesday before a Congressional committee after President Donald Trump directed him to skip the hearing despite a subpoena issued for his testimony. >> Read more trending news House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY, said during Tuesday’s brief hearing that lawmakers were considering options to compel his testimony. “McGahn has a legal obligation to be here,” Nadler said. “If he does not immediately correct his mistake, this committee will have no choice but to enforce the subpoena.' Update 10:45 a.m. EDT May 20: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY, said Tuesday that subpoenas from his committee, even when issued to a senior presidential advisor like McGahn, are not optional. “Let me be clear,” Nadler said at Tuesday’s hearing, “This committee will hear Mr. McGahn’s testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it.” The Justice Department on Monday released a 15-page legal opinion stating that McGahn has no obligation to honor a congressional subpoena due to immunity granted to him as one of the president’s immediate advisers. The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Tuesday’s hearing was little more than 'theater' put on by Democrats digging for nonexistent dirt in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation into Russian election meddling and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign officials. >> More on Robert Mueller's investigation  “The majority claims we need to dig deeper than the two years of investigation by what is considered a prosecutorial dream team,” Collins said. “(Nadler) does not actually want information. He wants the fight, but not the truth.” Update 10 a.m. EDT May 20:  The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday about the report submitted earlier this year by special counsel Robert Mueller, who spent 22 months investigating Russian election interference and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign officials.  McGahn was subpoenaed to testify at the hearing, although he said Monday he would not appear after he was directed not to by Trump. Update 10:45 p.m. EDT May 20: House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler warned former White House counsel Don McGahn  that if he fails to appear at a hearing Tuesday morning “the Committee is prepared to use all enforcement mechanisms at its disposal.” In a letter to McGahn’s attorney, William Bruck, Nadler called Trump’s order for McGahn to ignore the subpoena from the committee to testify “unprecedented.” He also said Trump’s order “does not excuse your (McGahn’s) obligation to appear before the Committee.” “Although the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has produced an opinion purporting to excuse you (McGahn) from testifying, that opinion has no support in relevant case law, and its arguments have been flatly rejected by the courts,” Nadler said. Nadler said the committee hearing will convene Tuesday morning, whether McGahn chooses to appear or not. Update 8:40 p.m. EDT May 20: Despite a subpoena, former White House counsel Don McGahn has informed the House Judiciary Committee that he will not  appear at a hearing Tuesday, according to a report from The Hill. >> Jamie Dupree: Former White House counsel refuses to testify about Mueller probe McGahn’s lawyer, William Bruck, sent a letter to Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler informing him that McGahn would not comply with the subpoena and would not attend to the hearing, The Hill reported. The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed McGahn and four other White House officials as part of an investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power charges, according to CNN. Update 7:00 p.m. EDT May 20: President Donald Trump told reporters on his way to a rally in Pennsylvania Monday afternoon that he ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn to ignore a Congressional subpoena for the greater good of the presidency. “As I understand it they're doing that for the office of the presidency for future presidents. As I understand it it's a very important precedent. The attorneys say they're doing it not for me, they're doing it for the future,” Trump said. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a statement that the hearing will convene as planned, even though McGahn has been ordered not to testify Nadler said McGahn witnessed 'egregious' acts of obstruction to the Mueller investigation by Trump and that the president “clearly does not want the American people to hear firsthand about his alleged misconduct.” “This move is just the latest act of obstruction from the White House that includes its blanket refusal to cooperate with this committee. It is also the latest example of this administration’s disdain for the law,” he said. Original report: The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday about the report submitted earlier this year by special counsel Robert Mueller, who spent 22 months investigating Russian election interference and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign officials. In the report, Mueller said his team found no evidence of collusion, but he declined to make a decision on whether there was enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. >> Trump: 'We're fighting all the subpoenas' In an opinion released Monday, Justice Department officials said the president’s “immediate advisors” can’t be compelled to give congressional testimony due to the “fundamental workings of the separation of powers.” “Because Congress may not constitutionally compel the former Counsel to testify about his official duties, he may not be civilly or criminally penalized for following a presidential directive not to appear,” the opinion stated. >> Read the opinion released by the DOJ  In a statement released Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to a newly issued opinion and noted that “McGahn has been directed to act accordingly.” “This action has been taken in order to ensure that future Presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of the Presidency,” she said. >> Former White House counsel Don McGahn subpoenaed by House Judiciary Committee House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., issued a subpoena last month to compel McGahn’s testimony. The committee was looking particularly at bringing in a member of Trump’s staff with direct knowledge of his efforts to undermine the Mueller probe, CNN reported last month, citing an unidentified source.
  • A transgender woman in Texas, whose violent beating was caught on video last month, has been found shot to death in Dallas, according to police. Muhlaysia Booker, 22, was found lying face down about 6:40 a.m. Saturday in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive, Dallas police officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.  >> Read more trending news Authorities said Sunday that they had no leads in Booker’s death. Dallas police Maj. Vincent Weddington said during a news conference that there was no known connection between Booker’s slaying and the April 12 mob attack that was caught on video.  The sole suspect arrested in the prior attack had been released from jail prior to Booker being found dead, Weddington said. Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, is charged with aggravated assault in the beating, which authorities said has been flagged as a hate crime.  Thomas’ whereabouts were unknown Sunday, Weddington said. Dallas County Jail records on Tuesday indicated Thomas was booked into the facility Monday in connection with the aggravated assault charge against him in Booker’s attack. Abounding Prosperity, an organization that supports members of the black community in Dallas, particularly those in the LGBTQ community, described Booker in a statement as a “courageous young woman who was seeking justice for the brutal attack launched against her.” Her death inspired the group to continue seeking justice on her behalf, the statement said. “This incidence of African American trans women being murdered has become too frequent, and it must be stopped,” the group’s statement read. Watch Dallas police officials speak about Muhlaysia Booker’s death below. Police officials declined to say if Booker had reported receiving threats prior to her killing, according to The Dallas Morning News.  Booker did report the April attack, which occurred after a fender bender in an apartment complex’s parking lot.  Authorities said police officers went to a Dallas-area hospital the night of April 12 and spoke with Booker, who had been taken for medical treatment after the broad daylight attack at the Royal Crest Apartments.  The News reported that an arrest affidavit in the case indicates Booker told investigators she had accidentally backed into a vehicle at the complex. The driver of the vehicle, who has not been charged in the case, told authorities he ran Booker off the road to stop her from leaving the scene.  Booker told detectives the other driver held her at gunpoint, demanding she pay for the damage to his vehicle. The affidavit obtained by the newspaper said as a crowd gathered, someone offered Thomas $200 to beat Booker. Video of the attack shows Thomas, dressed mostly in white, putting on gloves, walking up to Booker, who is wearing a pink wig, and punching her multiple times, the News reported. A portion of the video posted on YouTube shows him straddling Booker and raining blows on her face and head.  See footage of Booker’s April 12 beating below. Warning: The video contains graphic violence and harsh language. Another man in the video, who the News reported had been identified but not arrested as of April 15, stomps several times on Booker’s face. Booker stumbles around the parking lot as she tries to flee, but the man alleged to be Thomas follows her. Several women eventually rescue a limp Booker and carry her away. The women took Booker to a hospital, where doctors found she had a concussion, a broken wrist and bruising and swelling to her face, the News reported.  Unnamed witnesses told Booker that Thomas was the man who assaulted her. An investigator who spoke to Thomas after the incident recognized him from the video, the affidavit said.  Thomas, 29, was arrested April 14 and charged with aggravated assault, police officials said. He could face additional charges in the incident.  Booker spoke to a crowd at a rally held in Dallas the week of the attack. She said she was grateful to have lived through the ordeal.  “This time, I can stand before you where, in other scenarios, we’re at a memorial,” Booker said, according to CBS Dallas Fort Worth.  “This has been a rough week for myself, the transgender community and also the city of Dallas,” Booker said as she stood surrounded by supporters. “But I want to sincerely thank all of you guys for coming out, for support and fairness.” “I will remain strong with your support.” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke out in the aftermath of the assault on Booker.  “I am extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman,” Rawlings said on his Facebook page. “Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior.” Rawlings tweeted Sunday that he was “deeply saddened” to learn of Booker’s slaying. He urged anyone with information on her killer to contact the authorities.  Gender identity is not covered under Texas’ hate crime statutes, but The Washington Post reported that federal law allows prosecutors to seek harsher penalties for violence against transgender people.  According to the Human Rights Campaign, transgender women of color are the group in the most danger of deadly violence. The majority of the 128 transgender people known to have been killed between 2013 and 2018 were female minorities.  At least 29 transgender women were slain in 2017, the highest number ever recorded, the HRC said. 
  • An Orlando pastor is counting all his blessings today after winning a new car on the game show ‘Price is Right.’ Damon Moore was in Beverly Hills with his wife for a trip in March when he decided to register to play the game. The last contestant of the show, Moore won a car stereo system after correctly guessing the price. He then went on to play the ‘Lucky $even’ segment of the show and scored himself a bran new Honda Civic. The pastor had to keep the exciting news to himself for a month though, since he couldn’t tell anyone about his winnings until the Monday premiere of the episode. His car should be arriving in Orlando in a few weeks. Moore is the pastor at City Place Church, which holds services at Vista Lakes Elementary. Mobile users see tweet of show here.
  • This Florida man seems to have a favorite threat and that’s that he’ll ‘cut your head off.’ Not only did Ken Edward Freeman tell that to a man in the parking lot, but also told it to the cops that showed up after he threatened the first man. It all started outside a sports store in a shopping complex in Brevard County. Freeman and a man got into an altercation after making rude hand gestures at each other. The 50-year-old got out of his vehicle with a large knife, held it to one side of the victim’s ear and told him, 'I'll cut your [expletive] head off in front of your family!' Six Melbourne police officers responded to the 911 call that followed. When they arrived, Freeman told threatened to 'cut officers' heads off and eat their eyes and tongues.' He was quickly arrested and had multiple charges placed against him including one count of assault with intent to commit felony, one count of battery and six counts of threat with death, serious bodily harm to law enforcement officer. Freeman is awaiting trial and has a bond of $18,500.
  • The dragons on Game of Thrones certainly look spine-chilling, but their ghastly roar came from animals a little less alarming. In fact, some might even think they’re cute. And they live right here in Florida. Sound designer Paula Fairfield visited the White Oak Conservation Center in Northeast Florida to gather all sorts of sounds for the show’s creatures. Part of the magic of the dragon’s roar included resident rhinos and Mississippi sandhill cranes. Fairfield even let the conservation center record a sneak peek of her work for their Instagram. Mobile users see Instagram video here. The sound designer said she felt that using endangered species vocalizations was important, telling SYFY WIRE, “We live in a world where our animals are disappearing at a rapid rate, so it’s powerful for me to listen to their beautiful voices and use them in this space. Some of them are very startling and unusual.” She also used the sound of some objects, including some 40 pounds of dry animal bones fashioned into a wind chime, and human voices to create the overall mix of the terrifying roar. Mobile users see behind the scenes video here.

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  • The struggle between Democrats in the House and President Donald Trump over the Russia investigation intensified on Monday with the White House telling former Counsel Don McGahn not to honor a subpoena for  his testimony on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, as Democrats said it was all part of a broad effort the President and the Trump Administration to stonewall Congress about the Mueller Report and other investigations. In a letter to Democrats, McGahn's lawyer William Burck said, 'the President has unambiguously directed my client not to comply with the Committee’s subpoena for testimony.' 'Under these circumstances, and also conscious of the duties he, as an attorney, owes to his former client, Mr. McGahn must decline to appear at the hearing,' the letter added. Democrats said they would still convene the hearing at 10 am EDT on Tuesday, as they held out the possibility of finding McGahn in contempt, just as the same committee voted to find Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to honor a subpoena for an unredacted version of the Mueller Report. Democrats wanted testimony from McGahn because of the information he gave to investigators for the Mueller investigation, in which McGahn detailed repeated demands by President Trump to oust the Special Counsel. While President Trump has sternly denied that he ever ordered McGahn to get rid of Mueller, the evidence offered by the Special Counsel painted a different picture. McGahn testified that the President called him on June 17, 2017 - about a month after Mueller had been named as Special Counsel - and pressed for Mueller to be ousted, an order that McGahn repeatedly ignored. On page 300 of the Mueller Report, 'McGahn recalled the President telling him 'Mueller has to go' and 'Call me back when you do it.''  The Mueller Report described McGahn - who reportedly answered questions for 30 hours over multiple interviews - as a 'credible witness with no motive to lie or exaggerate.' McGahn also claimed in his testimony that once news of the President's request was reported in the press, Mr. Trump then pressed McGahn to dispute the veracity of the story that the President had pressed for Mueller's ouster. McGahn refused to do what the President had asked. The White House based its refusal for McGahn to testify on a new 15 page legal opinion from the Justice Department, which said McGahn - as a former top adviser - was under no requirement to testify before Congress. 'The President's immediate advisers are an extension of the President and are likewise entitled to absolute immunity from compelled congressional testimony,' the Office of Legal Counsel opinion stated. In summary, the Justice Department said simply, 'we conclude that Mr. McGahn is not legally required to appear before the Committee.' Democrats denounced the decision, and charged it was just adding more evidence to what they say is a cover up, focused on obscuring obstruction of justice by President Trump. 'This move is just the latest act of obstruction from the White House that includes its blanket refusal to cooperate with this Committee,' said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. 'The President is intimidating witnesses and stonewalling the American people and the rule of law. Congress and the American people deserve answers from Mr. McGahn,' said Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA). '(T)he White House Counsel serves interests of the American people, not the President, and their conversations do not have the protection of blanket attorney-client privilege,' said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). 'It’s pretty clear what the Trump Administration is doing here,' said Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), 'they’re trying to hide the facts from the American people.' Democrats have promised to move forward to hold McGahn in Contempt of Congress - but there has also been discussion of other penalties, from what is known as 'inherent contempt' - which could involve levying fines against those who refuse to cooperate with investigations by Congress. 'The cover-up continues,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). 'And we will fight it.