Former White House co-director, Hope Hicks, has agreed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee – the first Trump White House official to admit to the panel's widespread urge for information.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler unveiled Hicks' decision, following discussions between lawyers for the two parties that followed the issuance of a summons by the committee to enforce her testimony.
It came one day that Donald Trump Jr. appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee, also after a summons that led to negotiations.
& # 39; It is important to hear from Mrs. Hicks, who was an important witness to the Special Counselor. Ms. Hicks understands that the committee is free to ask questions as they see fit, including about her time in the Trump campaign and her time in the White House, & # 39; said Nadler, pointing out that topics are not off. limits.
She is the first ex-assistant to the White House who appears as democrats step up their probes for information. The White House has instructed the former White House adviser, Don McGahn, a potentially important witness, not to appear before Congress.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler warned Hope Hicks that he will take legal action against her if she refuses to comply with a summons
Hicks will appear before the house committee on Wednesday. She did not immediately respond to a request from DailyMail.com to comment.
House Democrats have long been focused on Hicks as someone who has access to a wealth of information about important points in the campaign and beyond – and who may not be subject to White House privilege claims.
She appears prominently in the Mueller report, also during a section about the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians.
The White House on Wednesday called for executive privilege in yet another issue – refusing to comply with the summons of prosecutor General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a summary of the Census questionnaire.
Hicks is the first former White House official who declares to testify after the publication of the Mueller report
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler promised to continue his search for witnesses and documents of special advice Robert Mueller & # 39; s investigation
Nadler warned Hicks earlier that he would take legal action against her if she refused to comply with a summons from the congress and handed documents to his committee.
His threat came after House Democrats this week approved a measure that would take legal action against current and former Trump administration officials who refuse to cooperate.
Nadler warned Hicks and former White House employee, Annie Donaldson, who have both been summoned, that he will use his newly found powers to bring them to court.
& # 39; If they do not show up when it is due, they will be charged & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; No one is above the law and no one is exempt from the subpoenas of the congress & # 39 ;, he added.
The White House instructed Hicks, the former director of strategic communication, not to give the house democrats documents from her time when she served President Trump's right hand.
The order, which also concerned Donaldson, the former White House deputy counsel, came on the day that the House Judicial Committee set a deadline for meeting a subpoena dated May 21.
Hicks was one of the former White House officials interviewed by councilor Robert Mueller, and his report has been sprinkled with her reports on major episodes, including the PR response to news about the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians.
The former model was an employee of the Trump organization long before Trump started actively seeking the presidency, and worked for him at his real estate company since 2014.
The future president considered her to be his closest associate during the 2016 campaign. She was almost constantly by his side, placed his phone calls, gave his orders to the command structure and even fired his packages.
She stayed with Trump during the campaign, the transition, and followed him to the White House.
Some of her candid reviews made it into the Mueller report, such as when she first saw the emails that the Trump Tower meeting had set up with a Kremlin lawyer.
She told the Mueller team in March 2018 that the emails there & # 39; very bad & # 39; sawing out.
& # 39; The president seemed upset because many people knew about the emails and he told Hicks that only one lawyer should handle the case. The president said he didn't think the emails would leak, but said they would leak if everyone had access to it, & the report said.
Nadler seemed to anticipate further reduction of the White House or the Ministry of Justice, which went through Trump's promise to & # 39; all subpoenas & # 39; to fight.
"If there is a privilege or other objection to a question, we will try to resolve a disagreement while we reserve the right to take all measures in response to unfounded claims about privileges," Nadler said.
He added: & # 39; We look forward to her testimony and intend to make the transcript available to the public immediately. & # 39;
Annie Donaldson, former Chief of Staff at White House Counsel Don McGahn, faces the same document and testimonial requirements that put Hope Hicks back in the national spotlight
Nadler swore on Tuesday to continue his pursuit of witnesses and documents from Mueller & # 39; s investigation.
His hand has been strengthened by the resolution that the Democrats adopted on Wednesday – their strongest step so far in their investigation of Trump's administration.
& # 39; We will continue to hold this president accountable to the American people & # 39 ;, said Nadler.
First on his list is Don McGahn, the former White House adviser, who at the request of the White House of Trump refused to follow a summons from the Nadler commission.
& # 39; We will be moving as soon as possible to appear in court against Don McGahn, the president's former counsel and any subsequent witnesses who do not respond to a summons from a commission & # 39 ;, said New York democratic legislator York.
His threats came after House Democrats voted on Tuesday to approve lawsuits against President Donald Trump's government if current and former officials refused to comply with the subpoenas of Congress.
The measure will allow Democrats to follow civil contempt against Attorney General William Barr and McGahn in their search for documents and testimonies regarding the report of specialist counsel Robert Mueller.
The vote was 229 yes, and 191 days along party lines and was the strongest step yet by Democrats in their investigation of Trump.
The vote was the final battle in the war between legislation and the executive, because Trump fought with all power in Congress. The lawsuits are likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said he will go to court as soon as possible to get the evidence and witnesses for his panel
Nadler said he would go after the former White House adviser, Don McGahn
Tuesday's vote in the House of Representatives was 229 yes, and 191 days along the party lines
McGahn refused to testify before the House Jurisdiction Committee at the request of the Trump administration.
The former White House adviser was a prominent witness in Mueller's report in the sections on the relationship between Trump and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was angry with Trump for deterring himself from overseeing Mueller's investigation.
McGahn also testified that the president was wondering if he could get rid of Mueller.
Democrats want more details on this as part of their investigation into whether Trump hinders justice.
But missing Tuesday's vote was a plan to keep Attorney General William Barr in contempt for Congress after a deal was reached with the Justice Department, where the DoJ will provide additional documents about possible obstruction of the judicial process President Trump to the Nadler committee.
Nadler said the documents would allow his committee members to perform their & # 39; constitutional duties & # 39; to be carried out. He said it & # 39; the process of contempt of abuse & # 39; on the long track.
But the measure allows other democratic presidents to take legal action if a Trump official – past or present – refuses a summons to the congress.
The resolution gives senior legislators – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Major Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise – the power to approve a court challenge without going through the entire House.
President Donald Trump and his government fought the subpoenas of Congress
The measure contained no provision to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for Congress
But another House investigation goes to Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for refusing to transfer documents about the administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the census
But given the democratic control in that small group, such requests are likely to be approved.
The Home Supervision and Reform Committee could be the first test of this. The panel plans to vote on Wednesday to abandon Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to refuse documents related to the government's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census .
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