House oversight chair accuses White House of stonewalling

U.S. President Donald Trump gives a speech during a visit to Israel in 2017

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has agreed to turn over documents requested by the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into whether President Trump and his administration have undermined the rule of law, a committee aide said Wednesday.

Cummings wrote in the Post that while the White House offered to allow the committee to "read - but not keep - a few pages of policy documents", but he alleges that those materials had "nothing to do" with the investigations.

Also on the committee's list were others who worked on Trump's 2016 campaign or in the White House, such as Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer. The White House has not yet provided information to Nadler, a Democrat from NY, as part of his investigation - despite a deadline this past Monday. The deadline for that request was Monday, but the White House didn't so much as bother to send a customary note outlining its reasons for refusing to comply.

Hicks played a key role in Trump's 2016 campaign and served as the administration's communications director from August 2017 to March 2018.

Overall, the Trump administration has refused to cooperate with the requests of 12 House committees on at least 30 different occasions over the last two months, Democrats told Politico.

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In early 2018, Hicks testified to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors, reportedly refusing to answer numerous questions from Democratic lawmakers at a time when Republicans still had a majority in Congress.

After making a swath of document requests related to its investigation into Trump's corruption, obstruction, and abuse of power.

Netanyahu, who has enjoyed a close relationship with Trump, contends that left-wing Israelis are conspiring to oust him because they can't beat him at the ballot box.

The House Judiciary Committee is also moving toward its first interview tied to the letters it sent to kick off the investigation: Felix Sater, who promoted the Trump Tower Moscow project, is scheduled to testify behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee next Thursday, according to two sources with knowledge of the appearance.

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