Joseph Maguire. Photo: Marcus Tappan/AFP/Getty Images

Acting National Intelligence director Joseph Maguire refused on Tuesday to testify before Congress this week — and he won't immediately hand over a whistleblower complaint to lawmakers, the New York Times first reported.

Why it matters: Per the Wall Street Journal, the rejection of the subpoena from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) "escalates an unusual confrontation between the House panel and [Maguire’s office], which oversees all 17 U.S. spy agencies."

  • Schiff said in a statement he was concerned the agency might be acting to conceal high-level wrongdoing by President Trump or his immediate advisers over the complaint, which a government watchdog deemed "urgent" and credible, per Politico.

The big picture: The nature of the whistleblower’s complaint isn’t known. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence defended its decision to withhold details of the whistleblower’s complaint in a letter to Schiff, obtained by WSJ.

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President Trump stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after she took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice during a White House ceremony Monday night .Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump said Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court and her subsequent taking of the constitutional oath Monday was a "momentous day," as she she vowed to serve "without any fear or favour."

Of note: As Republicans applauded the action, Democratic leaders warned of consequences to the rush to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a conservative so close to the election, as progressives led calls to expand the court.

Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Mexico ahead of expected arrival in U.S.

Hurricane Zeta's forecast path. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Zeta made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 1 storm late Monday packing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane earlier Monday.