October 15, 2019

As part of a federal investigation into Rudy Giuliani, a grand jury has issued a subpoena for documents from former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), a longtime friend who has also interacted with two Giuliani associates who were arrested last week, people with knowledge of the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are reportedly looking into Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine and his role in the removal of Marie Yovanovitch as ambassador to Ukraine. They are asking Sessions to turn over documents related to both matters, as well as interactions with Giuliani and his associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were arrested last week for conspiracy and campaign finance violations.

Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, is the primary focus of the subpoena, people familiar with the investigation said, and there is nothing pointing to Sessions being the target of the probe; Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing. A spokesperson for Sessions said he is cooperating and will start turning over documents. The Journal reported on Monday that federal prosecutors have looked at Giuliani's bank records and have been questioning witnesses since at least August. Catherine Garcia

September 16, 2019

President Trump has directed two of his former aides to ignore subpoenas and skip a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Democrats on the committee are seeking information on an incident described in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, when Trump allegedly attempted to coerce then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions into redirecting the Russia investigation away from Trump's presidential campaign, Reuters reports.

The committee sent subpoenas to former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, but in a letter sent to House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said they will not appear, as the Department of Justice has decided they "are absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony with respect to matters related to their service as senior advisers to the president."

Nadler called Trump's order a "shocking and dangerous assertion of executive privilege and absolute immunity." Another former Trump aide, Corey Lewandowski, also received a subpoena to appear Tuesday, and Cipollone said he can testify, just not about any conversations he had with Trump after his election or with any of Trump's senior advisers. Catherine Garcia

May 22, 2019

While President Trump fought to keep Deutsche Bank and Capital One from giving lawmakers records related to their dealings with his businesses, Wells Fargo and TD Bank turned over Trump-related documents to the House Financial Services Committee, two people familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The committee has issued subpoenas to nine financial institutions, including Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, and JP Morgan Chase. Wells Fargo handed over several thousand documents while TD Bank gave a "handful," a person who saw the records told NBC News.

After she issued the subpoenas last month, House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said the "potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern. The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible pursuant to its oversight authority, and will follow the facts wherever they may lead us."

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled against Trump in his lawsuit to stop Deutsche Bank and Capital One from complying with subpoenas from the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees. Deutsche Bank was Trump's biggest lender, loaning the Trump Organization more than $2 billion over several years. Catherine Garcia

May 8, 2019

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced on Wednesday evening that the panel has subpoenaed the Department of Justice for "all counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials" related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, as well as "the full report and underlying evidence."

Schiff said the Justice Department has thus far "responded to our requests with silence and defiance. Congress needs the material. We will not be obstructed." He gave Attorney General William Barr a deadline of May 15 to turn over the requested documents.

Shortly before Schiff made the announcement, the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress, after he refused to comply with the panel's subpoena for Mueller's unredacted report and underlying evidence. Catherine Garcia

April 22, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Don McGahn on Monday, requesting he testify in front of the panel on May 21.

Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a statement that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report "outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses," and it's now up to Congress to "determine for itself the full scope of the misconduct and to decide what steps to take in the exercise of our duties of oversight, legislation, and constitutional accountability." McGahn, who spent 30 hours being interviewed by Mueller's team, was "a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report," Nadler said, and his testimony "will help shed further light" on Trump's "attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same."

The subpoena also gives McGahn until May 7 to hand over documents related to ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussing sanctions with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak; Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey; and possible pardons for Flynn, Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, and Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Catherine Garcia

April 15, 2019

The House's Intelligence and Financial Services committees have issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and three other banks, seeking information on President Trump's finances and their deals with Russians, multiple people with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times on Monday.

Over the last 20 years, Deutsche Bank has lent Trump more than $2 billion, despite his defaults and bankruptcies. A spokeswoman for Deutsche Bank told the Times they are "engaged in a productive dialogue" with the committees. The bank and the committees have been going back and forth for months, the Times reports, with Deutsche Bank arguing that if the subpoena's scope was narrowed, the documents would be ready faster.

Subpoenas were also sent to Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup, for records related to business conducted with suspected money launderers from Russia and other Eastern European countries, the Times reports. Catherine Garcia

April 2, 2019

The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday served four subpoenas as part of its investigations into the White House's security clearance process and the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

A whistleblower from the White House Personnel Security Office told Congress that career officials in her department rejected dozens of White House security clearances, but they were overruled in 25 cases. One of the subpoenas was served to former White House Personnel Security Director Carl Kline, and the committee's chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), said he hopes "this is the last subpoena we need to issue on this topic and that the White House agrees to cooperate, to schedule interviews for the next four officials we want to interview, and to turn over the documents we have been seeking for months."

The other three subpoenas stem from the White House wanting to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and were served to Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Gore for his testimony and Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for documents. "The committee is trying to determine the real reason Secretary Ross added the citizenship question, and the documents and testimony covered by these subpoenas are critical to answering that question," Cummings said. Catherine Garcia

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