The House Judiciary Committee subpoenas request documents from Hicks and Donaldson by June 4, and they request that Hicks testify on June 19 and Donaldson on June 24.
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The new push to compel documents and testimony from the former West Wing officials comes amid an increasingly pitched confrontation between House Democrats and the White House, which has tried to block testimony from current and former aides.
Donaldson’s notes on the chaotic atmosphere in the West Wing after special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment were among Mueller’s most vivid evidence of the president’s state of mind during the Russia probe.
The White House is sure to attempt to prevent Hicks and Donaldson from complying with the committee’s requests, which come on the same day Donaldson’s former boss, ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn, complied with President Donald Trump’s demand that he disobey a Judiciary Committee subpoena to testify.
The White House has mounted an aggressive legal effort to block any current or former aides from testifying as part of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation of potential obstruction of justice and other alleged abuses of power by Trump.
They’ve accused House Democrats of attempting to mount a “do-over” of Mueller’s investigation, which found insufficient evidence to charge any Trump associates with conspiring with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
Mueller’s report also painted a detailed portrait of efforts by Trump — many of which were catalogued by McGahn and Donaldson — to interfere with Mueller’s investigation. Though Mueller indicated he was unable to bring charges against Trump because of longstanding Justice Department policies, he described multiple instances in which Trump’s actions satisfied the legal criteria for obstruction of justice.
Hicks was at Trump’s side for several of the instances that Mueller identified as possible examples of obstruction. Donaldson was featured in Mueller’s report repeatedly because of notes she took on the president’s comments and statements around when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and Mueller was appointed.
“Is this the beginning of the end?” Donaldson wrote, on May 9, 2017, which Mueller indicated she said “because she was worried that the decision to terminate Comey and the manner in which it was carried out would be the end of the presidency.”
Hicks and Donaldson were among a batch of 81 Trump-associated individuals and entities that the House Judiciary Committee requested documents and testimony from in March.
In addition to its subpoenas for McGahn, Hicks and Donaldson, the panel has also subpoenaed the Justice Department for access to the full Mueller report and its underlying evidence.