House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has subpoenaed two ex-White House staffers after failing to get former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify on Tuesday about Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
McGahn defied a subpoena to testify on Tuesday, but Nadler is not letting that keep him from ridiculously pursuing an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump. Subpoenas have now been issued for Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson.
Hicks is the former White House communications director, and Donaldson was the chief of staff to McGahn.
On top of being told to testify, Hicks and Donaldson have been asked to provide certain documents related to Donald Trump by June 4. Hicks’ subpoena says she must testify on June 19, while Donaldson’s says she must testify on June 24.
The Judiciary Committee has said that the testimonies and documentation are being requested as part of its probe into “obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration.”
“As I said earlier today, the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his Administration will continue,” Nadler said in a public statement.
He continued, “I have issued these subpoenas today to two critical witnesses who have worked closely with the President. We are seeking the information in order to conduct proper oversight, consider potential legislation and perform our constitutional duties.”
As for what Donaldson and Hicks could be testifying about, both have ties into events referenced in the Mueller report — which found the president innocent of collusion with Russia and refused to lean one way or another on obstruction of justice.
Donaldson took notes on Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in 2017, an event referenced multiple times in the Mueller report.
Hicks was involved in the White House responding to reports about Trump campaign officials allegedly meeting Russians with government ties in 2016.
Considering Mueller spent two-plus years on an investigation that led nowhere, these constant subpoenas and testimonies are just opportunities for Democrats to get cameras in front of them and make some sweeping, general statements that will win them points with the far left. This all amounts to little more than beating a dead horse and asking the public to applaud while you do it.
Though McGahn refused to testify on Tuesday, Democrats still tried to put on a show by holding a meeting with an empty chair. The same was done by the House Judiciary Committee when Attorney General William Barr recently refused to testify. Barr’s objection was over the committee’s insistence that he be asked questions by people other than the Congress members. Barr had also already testified about the Mueller report before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Republicans have blasted Democrats for their continued showboating on the Mueller report. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) accused Democrats on Tuesday of “trying desperately to make something out of nothing.”
“Here we go again. The theater is open and the summations are coming in. In fact, right now we’re going to begin running over the norms of Congressional oversight,” he said on Tuesday about his Democrat colleagues.