Trump won't make immigration adviser available to Congress


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has blocked adviser Stephen Miller from testifying before congressional committees on immigration and a staff shakeup at Homeland Security.

In a letter dated Wednesday to the House oversight committee chairman, the White House counsel said longstanding precedent allows the administration to refuse the request.

Miller is President Donald Trump’s top immigration adviser. Several people familiar with the matter say he orchestrated the replacement of top leaders at Homeland Security when Trump’s frustrations boiled over again recently on border security. The people were not allowed to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The shakeup started with the withdrawal of Ron Vitiello to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen then resigned.

Trump has said he is opposed to aides testifying.

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