Erin Burnett: White House directs Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to ignore House subpoenas


Former Trump administration officials Hope Hicks and Ann Donaldson both defied congressional subpoenas for documents from their time in the White House, citing executive privilege. But committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is not giving up his fight for the documents.

It was breaking news just before lunch that the White House had advised Hope Hicks not to turn over documents to Congress despite a subpoena.
But it appears Hicks has agreed to turn over at least some documents relating to the 2016 campaign:
REUTERS – Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, once a close aide to President Donald Trump, has agreed to turn over documents related to his 2016 campaign to congressional investigators, a key lawmaker said on Tuesday.
The agreement marks a step forward for the House Judiciary Committee in its probes of Trump and his inner circle, with Democrats in the U.S. Congress digging into the campaign, Trump’s turbulent presidency and his business interests.
She and former White House lawyer Annie Donaldson were subpoenaed on May 21 by the Democratic-led panel as part of its inquiry into whether Trump obstructed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and contacts between Trump’s campaign team and Moscow.
Reuters makes it sound like Hick’s agreement to turn over documents is in conflict with the directive from the White House.
But if you keep reading, you’ll see that the White House directive is only about the documents related to her time in the White House:
Hicks agreed to supply the documents despite a White House directive advising her not to cooperate with the committee.
The White House instructed Hicks not to turn over documents to the committee related to her time in the administration, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The panel said White House officials issued similar instructions to Donaldson.
But House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Hicks, the Trump campaign’s former press secretary, would provide “some documents” relating to the campaign.
“I thank her for that show of good faith,” Nadler said in a statement that also blasted what he called Trump’s “continued obstruction of Congress.”
Hicks is essentially cooperating with both the White House directive and the subpoena, in as much as she can.

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