Another day in the swamp, another move from the White House to ignore the House Democrats’ high drama and histrionics over all things Russia and investigating Donald Trump a little longer until all of the lint is removed from every inch of his record.
Two of the people the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed for information are Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson, both former confidants of former White House employees. On Tuesday, the White House instructed them to ignore Rep. Jerry Nadler and the effort of digging until something, anything is found.
“The White House has instructed both Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to turn over records in response to subpoenas issued by our Committee last month. I note that Ms. Hicks has agreed to turn over some documents to the Committee related to her time working for the Trump Campaign, and I thank her for that show of good faith.”
Hicks has been called to testify June 19.
News of the subpoenas from the Democratic-led committee came the same day McGahn failed failed to show up for a House Judiciary Committee hearing, after the White House and Justice Department insisted Congress could not make him appear.
And that is the rub for the Democrats in Congress. They have no power to compel anyone to testify on anything. They are not a law enforcement body, and they seem to willfully not remember that on a regular basis.
Nadler maintains that the documents he’s requested can’t be protected by executive privilege, the tool the president has been using to protect any paper trail.
“Federal law makes clear that the documents we requested—documents that left the White House months ago—are no longer covered by executive privilege, if they ever were,” Nadler said in a statement. “The president has no lawful basis for preventing these witnesses from complying with our request. We will continue to seek reasonable accommodation on these and all our discovery requests and intend to press these issues when we obtain the testimony of both Ms. Hicks and Ms. Donaldson.”
But Congress cannot compel it without the cooperation of the Justice Department. Rest assured with William Barr as Attorney General, the dingbats aren’t going to get it, either.