House Democrats have issued additional subpoenas for two former White House officials, and one of them is for Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump’s longtime right-hand woman.
According to NBC News, Democrats subpoenaed former White House officials Hope Hicks and Anne Donaldson, who served as White House counsel Don McGahn’s deputy.
Here’s more from NBC on the subpoenas and what it means going forward:
Former White House counsel Don McGahn, as expected, failed to show at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday morning after being directed not to testify by President Donald Trump, and the Democratic chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, vowed to pursue a contempt citation against him.
“Our subpoenas are not optional,” Nadler said at the start of Tuesday’s hearing as he faced an empty chair reserved for McGahn at the witness table.
“This committee will hear Mr. McGahn’s testimony even if we have to go to court to secure it,” he said.
“The president has taken it upon himself to intimidate a witness who has a legal obligation to be here today. This conduct is not remotely acceptable,” he said.
McGahn’s defiance of the committee’s subpoena is the latest episode in the struggle between Democrats and the Trump administration over documents and testimony demanded by Congress.
It has led some members of the Judiciary Committee, and even the Democratic leadership team, to call for impeachment proceedings against Trump, in an effort to advance their investigations in the face of what Democrats have described as an unprecedented White House stonewalling of Congress.
Amid the renewed internal debate over impeachment, Democrats moved to continue their investigation into the special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings Tuesday, issuing subpoenas for former White House officials Hope Hicks and Anne Donaldson, who served as McGahn’s deputy in the White House.
— The Hill (@thehill) 21 мая 2019 г.
While there has been no indication that Trump is worried about these subpoenas, he likely won’t be happy about Democrats
Hicks worked with Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and many in the Trump family for several years.
She worked with Trump years before he ever ran for president, and played a big role on his 2016 campaign.
Hicks even served as the White House communications director for a year and a half before stepping down last year.
Sadly, Democrats have made it clear they plan to go after Trump and anyone who has worked with him.
Just this month alone, Democrats have:
The witch hunts will never end so long as Democrats have a little bit of power.
And going after Hicks will only further infuriate Trump.