House Democrats Subpoena Former White House Aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson

Hope Hicks attends a session hosted by President Trump with student survivors of school shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House on Feb. 21, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: CHIP SOMODEVILLA, GETTY IMAGES)

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks, who was once one of President Donald Trump’s most trusted advisers, was subpoenaed Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee — the latest move in growing tensions between the White House and House Democrats.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, issued subpoenas to Hicks and Annie Donaldson, former White House deputy counsel and a top aide to former White House counsel Don McGahn, as part of the committee’s investigation into possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

“I have issued these subpoenas today to two critical witnesses who have worked closely with the President,” Nadler said in a statement. “We are seeking the information in order to conduct proper oversight, consider potential legislation and perform our constitutional duties.”

The subpoenas come the same day McGahn defied a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. The White House on Monday directed the panel to a legal opinion from the Justice Department that said he could not be forced to appear before Congress.

The committee earlier this month also voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt after he refused to hand over the unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and its underlying evidence.

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Source: USA Today