As the democrats continue to sharpen their pitchforks and soak their torches, the White House is fortifying the ramparts.
Congressional leaders who are attempting to get to the bottom of the Mueller report’s obtuse findings have found themselves at the behest of a White House unwilling to comply. The belief in the West Wing is that these latest attempts by democrats to delegitimize President Donald Trump are nothing more than a repeat of the Mueller investigation itself.
The Commander in Chief has said, very plainly, “no do-overs”.
So as these “resistance” figures continue to spray subpoenas outward into the Washington ether, the White House is fighting back, recommending that current and former employees refuse to comply.
The White House has told former staffers Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to comply with subpoenas from House Judiciary Democrats to produce documents to the committee — the latest escalation in a showdown over documents related to the Russia investigation.
Hicks, former White House communications director, and Donaldson, former chief of staff to ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn, were told by current Counsel Pat Cipollone not to produce the documents, a source familiar with the situation told Fox News. A letter was also sent to Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., informing him of the instruction.
“The subpoenas seek documents related to matters that were subjects of the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III. Those documents include White House records that remain legally protected from disclosure under longstanding constitutional principles, because they implicate significant Executive Branch confidentiality interests and executive privilege,” the letter says.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has overtly threatened to hold any and all who disobey the subpoenas to be held in contempt of Congress, and more than a few of Nadler’s underlings have suggested that the testimony of those targeted could be coerced through an arrest and appearance at the behest of the Capitol Sergeant at Arms.
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