House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday issued subpoenas for both former White House communications director Hope Hicks and former White House deputy counsel Annie Donaldson. The subpoenas are part of the committee’s investigation into possible obstruction of justice by President Trump. Both women have been ordered to hand in documents by June 4. Hicks is scheduled to testify on June 19 and Donaldson on June 24.
The subpoenas are apart of the growing tensions between the House Democrats and the White House. In response, the White House has tried to block the Judiciary panel subpoenas in regards to Mueller’s Russia probe. The Mueller investigation was conducted between from May 2017 to March 2019 which was named Crossfire Hurricane to investigate suspicious links between Trump associates and Russian officials.
Hope Hicks was White House Director of Strategic Communications from August 2017 until March 2018. President Trump handpicked Hicks for the role of press secretary during his presidential campaign. In 2016, the Trump Administration created a position for her as the White House Director of Strategic Communications and by 2017 she made interim White House Communications Director. Then on On February 27, 2018, behind closed doors, she gave nine hours of testimony to the House Intelligence Committee and admitted to telling small white lies occasionally and resigned on March 29, 2018.
Annie Donaldson joined the White House in 2017 and became the White House deputy counsel to President Trump. As White House Counsel Donaldson’s role was to advise President Trump and his administration on all legal matters and never represented President Trump personally. It has brought questions about the scope of the attorney-client privilege between the president and counsel. Donaldson took notes and memos on everything while in the White House which is a key piece to the Mueller’s investigation.
Mueller’s report took two years to investigate and was released. In the report, they were unable to conclude whether Trump committed obstruction of justice. Since the results of the report were released Democrats in Congress have continued to investigate Trump’s campaign, administration, and businesses. Many Democrats are calling for President Trump to be impeached and it has become a growing debate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., plans to continue to investigate Trump but does not want to rush any impeachment hearings. Pelosi stated, “it is important to follow facts. No one is above the law, including the president of the United States.’ Pelosi continued to state, “we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”
President Trump responded on Twitter and stated, “ I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media. Well, so many stories about the meeting use the Rage narrative anyway. Fake & Corrupt Press!”
President Trump continued on Twitter, “ when the Democrats in Congress refinish, for the 5th time, their Fake work on their very disappointing Mueller Report finding, they will have the time to get the REAL work of the people done. Move quickly!”
In response Trump continued to tweet, “the Democrats are getting nothing done in Congress. All of their efforts is about a Re-Do of the Mueller Report, which didn’t turn out the way they wanted. It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time. Their heart is not into Infrastructure, lower.”
Out of respect for the Memorial Day Congress will be in recess and will continue the debate about President Trump when they return from their recess.