White House opposes subpoena of political director

(AP) — The White House is opposing congressional Republicans' subpoena of a top political adviser to President Barack Obama to testify this week, saying the demand threatens the constitutional separation of powers.
White House counsel Neil Eggleston sent a letter Monday to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, asking him to lift to the subpoena to David Simas, director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. But Issa's spokeswoman says Simas was still expected to appear at Wednesday's hearing, which will examine whether the White House political office is an abuse of taxpayer funds.