Congressional Democrats have issued 37 subpoenas to the Trump Organization and other Trump business enterprises as part of their lawsuit accusing President Trump of profiting from foreign governments in violation of the Constitution.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) released a statement Monday saying the subpoenas seek "information about foreign government payments accepted by six Trump properties, as well as trademarks granted to Trump businesses by foreign governments." They are asking for responses by July 29.
Last year, Democrats sued Trump, saying that under the Constitution's emoluments clause, Congress has to agree to all foreign payments made to his businesses. Trump has tried to block the lawsuit, but in June, a judge said Democrats can start collecting evidence in discovery. Justice Department attorneys on Monday asked an appeals court to overrule that decision, in an attempt to stop the subpoenas. Trump, the Justice Department wrote, is "likely to suffer irreparable injury" due to "intrusive discovery into his personal finances based on the public office he holds." Catherine Garcia
More subpoenas are on the way for former White House employees and Hope Hicks, once the Trump administration's communications director, is next in line.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued subpoenas on Tuesday to Hicks and Annie Donaldson, the chief of staff to former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who failed to show up to his scheduled hearing before Nadler's committee earlier on Tuesday. The two new subpoenas are part of a sprawling congressional investigation into the actions of the Trump administration, which spun off from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into 2016 Russian election interference. Nadler wants Hicks and Donaldson to answer questions concerning possible obstruction of justice on behalf of President Trump during Mueller's investigation, Bloomberg reports.
Donaldson kept very detailed notes of her meetings with McGahn, which were frequently cited in Mueller's report on his investigation, The Hill writes, while Hicks was considered to have played a "pivotal role," in the White House, serving as one of the president's most trusted advisers.
Hicks' and Donaldson's subpoenas order both of them to turn over documents by June 4 and then testify later that month — Hicks is scheduled for June 19, Donaldson for June 24. Tim O'Donnell