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 TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE's first chief of staff, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusMeadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump names Mark Meadows as new chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's job security looks strong following impeachment 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 CollinsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Is Georgia reaching a tipping point? Democrats hope for tidal moment in Georgia with two Senate seats in play Loeffler doubles down against BLM, calls movement 'anti-Semitic' amid continued WNBA blowback 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 ComeyTrump on possible Roger Stone pardon: 'His prayer may be answered' How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed 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 SchiffStone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Overnight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools MORE (D-Schiff.) in recent days.

“There is no amount of testimony or document production that can satisfy Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTexas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Nadler wins Democratic primary MORE or Shifty Adam Schiff. It is now time to focus exclusively on properly running our great Country!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.