Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

WH tells 2 more former aides not to cooperate

WH tells 2 more former aides not to cooperate

The White House has told Congress it will not allow Hope Hicks or Annie Donaldson, two former top aides to President Trump, to turn over documents to a Democrat-led investigation.

The subpoena also seeks documents relating to any payments made to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who allegedly provided hush money to two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump including porn star Stormy Daniels.

Nadler maintains that the documents he's requested can't be protected by executive privilege, the tool the president has been using to protect any paper trail.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler issued subpoenas for Ms Hicks and Ms Donaldson last month.

Nadler's committee is investigating alleged obstruction of justice, corruption, and other possible abuses by Trump, his associates, and members of his administration.

Nadler said the White House directive was an example of "continued obstruction" of congressional probes.

Hicks resigned from her White House job in February 2018.

Trout said they would provide documents from Hicks' time on the Trump campaign, however, and said she had also previously provided some documents in March, after Nadler sent out his original requests for information.

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Barr failed to comply with a subpoena to provide lawmakers with an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference, while McGahn defied a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

The move comes amid ongoing calls from Democrats to impeach Trump and conduct additional investigations in light of Mueller's recent press conference.

Asked Tuesday whether he would also hold Hicks and Donaldson in contempt if they don't comply with his requests, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, said: "I assume so".

"I thank her for that show of good faith", he said.

Since the Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives in January, current and former Trump administration officials have faced a barrage of subpoenas, demands to testify before a host of congressional panels and letters seeking a flurry of documents. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been reluctant to launch impeachment proceedings, despite a growing number in her caucus who have called for it. She says impeachment requires more public support and would detract from the legislative agenda.

The lower chamber is set to vote next week to hold Attorney General William Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas.

The resolution, to be submitted next week, will authorize the Judiciary Committee to go to court to enforce its subpoenas.

Nadler rejected that offer, saying: "We urge you to return to the accommodation process without conditions". "We are ready to begin negotiating immediately". He focused his frustrated reaction on the Trump administration's view of the investigation. Now is aiming for a similar concession with the Judiciary panel ahead of the vote that it worked out with the House Intelligence Committee over a subset of documents related to Mueller's counterintelligence work.

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