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A lawyer for former White House counsel Don McGahn sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) Monday saying he won't testify before the House committee.

Details: The letter was sent after the Trump administration said it told McGahn to defy a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee and not testify at a scheduled hearing on Tuesday.

What they're saying: "The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to try and force Mr. McGahn to testify again," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "The Department of Justice has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and Constitutional precedent, the former Counsel to the President cannot be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly."

Why it matters: The move is sure to infuriate top House Democrats investigating the administration. On Monday night, Nadler threatened to hold McGahn in contempt were he not to testify in Congress. McGahn was a key player in some of the most tumultuous episodes outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, especially potential instances of obstruction of justice.

The big picture: The White House instructed McGahn earlier this month not to provide documents requested under the House Judiciary's subpoena, later asserting executive privilege over the material.

Go deeper: The other Don: McGahn is one of the Mueller report's biggest stars

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First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's goes public

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Why it matters: The existing PET brain scan test costs some people about $5,000 and often isn't covered by insurance, AP reports.

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Wisconsin, Arizona certify Biden's victories

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Arizona and Wisconsin officials confirmed the presidential election results in their states, formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victories in the key battlegrounds.

Why it matters: The moves deal yet another blow to President Trump's efforts to block or delay certification in key swing states that he lost.