White House directs Hope Hick to withhold requested documents from Congress.

By |2019-06-04T12:34:57-08:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |9 Comments

Most secretive administration EVER!

Courtesy of CNN:

The White House has directed former officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to turn over any documents to the House Judiciary Committee relating to their time at the White House, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

But Hicks, the former White House communications director, still could turn over documents the committee has requested related to the 2016 Trump campaign, as that period cannot be covered by executive privilege. In 2018, Hicks testified before the House

Intelligence Committee about her time on the campaign, but she would not answer questions about the White House.

The White House sent letters to the committee stating that White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had directed Hicks and Donaldson, the former deputy White House counsel, not to turn over the documents.

The committee had issued subpoenas to both Hicks and Donaldson for documents, setting a Tuesday deadline. The subpoenas also include requests for testimony from the former White House officials for later this month.

As it turns out Hicks has a mind of her own and has agreed to hand over at least some of the documents.

Courtesy of NBC News:

The White House has instructed former staffers Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to comply with the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoenas to turn over documents related to their time in President Donald Trump’s administration, House Democrats said Tuesday.

But Hicks, a former White House communications director, said she will still hand over documents related to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump will likely eventually pull the executive privilege card to keep the rest of the documents out of reach.

I have to think that Hope Hicks has a treasure trove of information that Congress is dying to get their hands on, so I imagine they will ramp up the pressure to get everything she has.

Trump has essentially announced that he going to instruct his people to fight or ignore every request and subpoena that Congress issues, so we cannot be surprised by the news that staffers are following that directive. 

It is is very unlikely that the courts will back the White House on these refusals so this is really nothing more than a delaying tactic. 

Already Congress is moving to ratchet up pressure on Bill Barr and Don McGahn who have both also refused to cooperate.

Courtesy of Politico:

The House will vote next week to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas, according to multiple Democratic sources.

The resolution would clear the way for the House Judiciary Committee to take Barr and McGahn to court to enforce their subpoenas and are a crucial step for Democrats seeking to accelerate their obstruction of justice investigation against President Donald Trump.

“This Administration’s systematic refusal to provide Congress with answers and cooperate with Congressional subpoenas is the biggest cover-up in American history, and Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight on behalf of the American people,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement.

Barr has failed to comply with a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller’s fully unredacted report and underlying evidence; McGahn balked at a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

The vote, which will take place on June 11, will also include broad authority for congressional committees to take legal action against the Trump administration in future subpoena fights, the Democratic sources say.

Contempt charges can sometimes include jail time, though I imagine it would prove impossible to incarcerate the sitting Attorney General. 

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9 Comments

  1. AnonCO June 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    These women no longer work for the White House – what would they be doing with “documents pertaining to their time in the White House”?

  2. Anonymous June 4, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Two terms dummies. Because this is all the democrats will have done for four years… As the economy keeps getting stronger despite the best efforts of the communists lol.

    • Anonymous June 5, 2019 at 3:02 am

      the economy is slowing down, dummy and even if this is all the Democrats do in 4 years, it is a hell of a lot more than the republicans did for 8 years under Obama.

      • Anonymous June 5, 2019 at 8:03 am

        The economy is holding strong and unemployment is at a low.

        Simply hating on Trump and trying to making political theater for four years of the Trump staff is a SURE FIRE way to give him another four years.

        Trump relishes these stupid fights. He will win them all and continue to make the Democratic party look like the useless tits on a bull morons they are.

        Oh, and after Trump is done with his two terms, there will be another Republican President, as the voting public more concerned with jobs and economic safety will clearly realize that 8 years spent on trying to subpoena nobodies like Hope Hicks is a total waste of taxpayer dollars and a complete sham. Welcome to the new reality…. oh and sorry folks, at some point you will all have to get jobs and actually work for a living hahahahahahaaaaa!

  3. Anonymous June 4, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Maybe – just maybe – one of the documents is Trig’s birth certificate.

    • Whiplasherman June 5, 2019 at 6:26 am

      Gee, remember back in the Bush days of warrantless wiretapping and we were all up in arms about the invasion of privacy? And when you tried to talk about it with republicans they’d look at you innocently and say “well, if you’ve done nothing wrong then you have nothing to hide, right?”
      I’m dusting off that phrase to throw back in their face.

      • anonymous June 5, 2019 at 7:40 am

        Same was said about ‘Joining Facebook’ ‘Why not?
        What do you have to hide?
        Hot or Not?
        Fuck Zuck.

  4. Beaglemom June 5, 2019 at 6:44 am

    How did Hope Hicks (what a name!) get her job anyway? I have a feeling it wasn’t because of her intellectual ability or her previous political experience. . . .

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