The Latest: House Panel Subpoenas Hicks and Counsel's Aide

The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former White House communications director Hope Hicks.

By Associated Press, Wire Service Content?May 21, 2019
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content?May 21, 2019, at 8:59 p.m.
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The Latest: House Panel Subpoenas Hicks and Counsel's Aide

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A name placard is displayed for former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who is not expected to appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee and Don McGahn (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former White House communications director Hope Hicks and a former aide in the White House counsel's office as Democrats continue their investigations of President Donald Trump.

The committee subpoenaed Hicks for documents and for testimony at a public hearing. It subpoenaed Annie Donaldson for documents and for questioning in a private deposition.

Donaldson was a top aide to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn, who on Tuesday defied a subpoena from the committee to testify. Trump had directed McGahn not to appear.

McGahn was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, describing ways in which the president sought to curtail that probe.

The subpoenas come as Democrats debate how to respond to Trump's declaration that he will fight "all of the subpoenas" from Congress.

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3:55 p.m.

More Democrats are calling for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after he blocked his former White House lawyer from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed by former counsel Don McGahn's empty chair in the hearing room, are pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders to act. Their impatience is running up against the speaker's preference for a more methodical approach, including already-unfolding court battles.

Pelosi has summoned them to a meeting Wednesday to assess strategy.

Some other Democratic leaders, while backing Pelosi, signaled that a march to impeachment may at some point become inevitable.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says if a House inquiry "leads to other avenues including impeachment ... so be it."

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10:40 a.m.

The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, says Democrats are "trying desperately to make something out of nothing."

Collins spoke at a hearing Tuesday, where the panel's chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, issued a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn would be held in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena and failing to appear before the committee.

Nadler said that if McGahn doesn't "immediately correct his mistake" in not showing, the committee will have to enforce the subpoena. McGahn was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Collins called the session a "circus" and said Democrats preferred a public "fight over fact-finding."

The committee voted to adjourn the hearing immediately after Collins' remarks.

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10:20 a.m.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says the House will hold President Donald Trump accountable "one way or the other" after he directed former White House counsel Donald McGahn to defy the panel's subpoena.

The Judiciary panel is holding a brief hearing Tuesday in McGahn's absence with an empty chair where he was supposed to sit. Nadler said that if McGahn doesn't "immediately correct his mistake" in not showing, the committee will have to enforce the subpoena.

Nadler has said the committee is ready to hold McGahn in contempt. The committee will hear McGahn's testimony, "even if we have to go to court," Nadler said.

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the committee's top Republican, said it's time to move on. He said Nadler wants "the fight and the drama."

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10:10 a.m.

Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn is a no-show at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, defying a subpoena for his testimony.

President Donald Trump directed McGahn to ignore the committee's subpoena to testify on Tuesday. A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the president's directive.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the committee will vote to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he did not testify. It is one of several actions against current and former members of the administration as Trump has said he will fight "all of the subpoenas."

McGahn was a key witness in the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

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12:30 a.m.

House Democrats are facing yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations, this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena for his testimony on orders from the White House.

A lawyer for McGahn says he will follow the president's directive and skip a House Judiciary hearing Tuesday, leaving the Democrats without yet another witness — and a growing debate about how to respond.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, backed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, is taking a step-by-step approach to the confrontations with Trump. Nadler says the committee will vote to hold McGahn in contempt, and take the issue to court.

Nadler warned McGahn on the eve of the hearing that he faces serious consequences if he doesn't appear.

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