WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson on Tuesday to request for documents and their testimonies.
- The subpoenas were issued as part of the committee’s ‘investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his Administration.’
- Hicks is set to appear at a public hearing on June 19 while Donaldson is set to appear at a deposition on June 24.
Former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson have been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for documents and testimony.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler declared, “The Judiciary Committee’s investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his Administration will continue.”
Former White House communications director Hicks is set to appear at a public hearing on June 19 while former deputy White House counsel Donaldson is set to appear at a deposition on June 24.
The subpoenas requested both to provide documents by June 4.
At the same time last month, the committee also authorized the subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn. But McGahn, following directions from the White House, defied his subpoena by not appearing for a scheduled hearing on Tuesday. McGahn is set to be held in contempt for his absence.
Additional subpoenas were also authorized, but not yet issued, to two other former White House officials: former chief strategist Steve Bannon former and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Both Hicks and Donaldson are set to be interviewed by the committee regarding obstruction of justice as stated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Nadler referred to Hicks and Donaldson as “critical witnesses” to the investigation.
Mueller’s report stated that Hicks talked about drafting Donald Trump Jr.’s misleading initial statement about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. She had also strategized with Trump on how to deal with the disclosure of Trump Jr.’s emails regarding said meeting.
Donaldson’s notes were also cited throughout Mueller’s report. As McGahn’s deputy in the White House counsel’s office, she wrote in her notes that Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr discussed the FBI’s Russia investigation with McGahn.