House panel votes to subpoena White House, Trump campaign aides

The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 on Wednesday to authorize subpoenas for testimony and documents from five former White House officials, including President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE's first chief of staff, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusTrump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Author: Paul Ryan saw retirement as an 'escape hatch' from Trump MORE.

The other subpoenas are for testimony and documents from former White House counsel Donald McGahn, McGahn's former deputy Ann Donaldson, former Trump campaign chairman Stephen Bannon and former White House communications director Hope Hicks.

The resolution allows Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)  to “at his discretion and as he determined necessary” issue subpoenas to the individuals as part of the investigation.

The Democrat-led committee has asked 81 individuals and entities connected to Trump to turn over documents as part of its sweeping probe into possible corruption, obstruction of justice and abuse of power.

Nadler has suggested that the five witnesses cited Wednesday have not met the committee’s demands for documents in its investigation, which was announced early last month.

“The resolution authorizes subpoenas for documents and testimony from certain former White House employees,” Nadler said in his opening remarks. "Each of these individuals has had more than a month to produce documents to this committee voluntarily."

Nadler noted that the panel believes these individuals have already provided records to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE or their private attorneys, which the Judiciary chairman says means the president can no longer assert executive privilege over such information or contacts.

However, Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsPelosi, Democrats launch Mueller messaging blitz Mueller testimony could be frustrating for both parties 3,100 to be released from prison under criminal justice reform law MORE (Ga.), the committee’s top Republican, claimed Wednesday that the individuals had cooperated with the investigation or shown willingness to cooperate and that Democrats were merely targeting them with subpoena threats because of their proximity to Trump.

“Two of these individuals are cooperating with this ill-advised investigation and have provided nearly 3,000 pages of documents,” Collins said. “The other three individuals responded to Chairman Nadler’s initial inquiry and have also indicated a willingness to cooperate. Democrats never followed up with their lawyers either.”

The escalation of Nadler’s efforts to obtain such records comes as Democrats continue to push forward with his investigation and as Democrats aggressively seek to review the full Mueller report.

The same resolution that authorized the subpoenas for these five individuals also authorized a subpoena to compel the release of Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence.

Nadler announced the sweeping probe on March 4, sending requests to 81 organizations and associates of the president and giving them two weeks to begin producing documents to the committee.

The panel is demanding a slew of documents from the White House, including those related to the removal of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the termination of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBarr warns encryption allows 'criminals to operate with impunity' Mueller testimony could be frustrating for both parties Davis: Advice to House Democrats — Mueller is right to stick to the facts; don't ask him to imitate Starr and Comey MORE and any conversations about the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Nadler has also noted that some of the witnesses have told the panel they need a “friendly” subpoena as cover so that they could cooperate with the committee, though he has declined to name who these individuals are.

The president has attacked the Democratic investigations as witch hunts, going after Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPelosi, Democrats launch Mueller messaging blitz Mueller testimony could be frustrating for both parties Hillicon Valley: Equifax to pay up to 0M over data breach | Settlement invites criticism from lawmakers | Microsoft settles bribery case | Election security to take back seat at Mueller testimony MORE (D-Schiff.) in recent days.

“There is no amount of testimony or document production that can satisfy Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler: DOJ directive to Mueller is part of 'ongoing cover up' from Trump administration Harris, Nadler introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana Why are we permitting federal child abuse at our border? MORE or Shifty Adam Schiff. It is now time to focus exclusively on properly running our great Country!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.