Nadler Threatens Hope Hicks With Contempt After White House Directs Her to Withhold Documents From House Judiciary Panel
A couple weeks ago, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler subpoenaed former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson, former CoS for McGahn.
The subpoenas were issued for testimony and documents related to the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the non-existent obstruction of justice by Trump.
The White House has directed Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to turn over any documents to the House Judiciary Committee relating to their time at the White House, reported CNN.
Hicks could still turn over documents about her time on the 2016 campaign because that cannot be covered by executive privilege.
Although the White House raised executive privilege as one of the reasons Hicks and Donaldson should not turn over documents to the House panel, the White House has not asserted executive privilege over the materials yet.
“The redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report documented alarming misconduct and obstruction of justice by President Trump. Donaldson and Hicks were critical witnesses to this behavior,” the Judiciary Committee previously said in a statement.
Hicks and Donaldson were to produce documents to the panel by early June — Hicks was to testify June 19 and Donaldson must appear for a deposition on June 24, reported NBC News.
Nadler on Tuesday threatened Hicks and Donaldson with contempt charges.
Reuters reported that asked if the two would be held in contempt if they do not comply, Nadler told reporters: “I would assume so.”