House Democrats Move Forward On Five Subpoenas For Trump’s Closest Confidants

This is the worst news Trump will get this month, and that's saying something.


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According to a new report from CNN, Democrats in control of the House of Representatives have given a green light to begin with subpoena proceedings for five of President Donald Trump’s closest advisors, staffers, and confidants. The subpoenas would compel testimony from former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, with whom Trump was said to have had a tight, secretive relationship as one of the few people whose input actually mattered to him.

Hicks is hardly the biggest name on the list, however: Reince Priebus, the ex-Chief of Staff, whose loyalty was never rewarded with praise or even gratitude; Steve Bannon, his former top advisor, who was driven from the West Wing on suspicions that his white supremacist leanings made him the worst kind of candidate for the National Security Council — which he insisted he be put on; and two former White House lawyers, only one whose name you know.

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Former Deputy Counsel Ann Donaldson will be asked to appear, presumably alongside her boss during their White House stint, former Chief Counsel Don McGahn. McGahn is on record today confirming the account of his testimony to Robert Mueller’s special counsel, which included a not-insignificant case of throwing Trump under the bus as he told federal prosecutors that the President asked him to facilitate the removal of Mueller as special counsel — a task he refused to do.

Indeed, with as much news of Trump asking underlings to help him obstruct justice as there has been, it would be surprising if each of these key players didn’t have similar stories to that of the former White House counsel, and doubly surprising if Donaldson didn’t have even more examples of that behavior from the President than even her boss — since she was in a lower position to begin with.

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On top of these subpoenas, the Democratic Chairs of the relevant House Committees have all agreed to compel the submission of the full, unredacted Mueller report. That in itself should have Trump at least as nervous as testimony from the five former insiders who could provide insights that Mueller’s documentation may not even contain.

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