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House Democrats subpoena ex-White House staffers Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson

House Democrats subpoena ex-White House staffers Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson

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Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. 

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Tuesday subpoenaed former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to testify before his committee and provide documents related to a sweeping probe of figures in President Donald Trump’s orbit.

Donaldson was chief of staff to former White House counsel Don McGahn, who on Tuesday defied the Judiciary panel’s subpoena to testify about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Hicks is the former White House communications director.

The Judiciary Committee said in a statement that the subpoenas were issued for  “testimony and documents” related to its probe of “obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration.”

The panel noted that Mueller’s report had “documented alarming misconduct and obstruction of justice by” Trump.

“Donaldson and Hicks were critical witnesses to this behavior.”

“As I said earlier today, the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his Administration will continue,” Nadler said in a statement.

“I have issued these subpoenas today to two critical witnesses who have worked closely with the President. We are seeking the information in order to conduct proper oversight, consider potential legislation and perform our constitutional duties.”

Hicks referred CNBC’s request for comment to her attorney, who did not immediately returns calls.

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