Trump stands next to former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks outside of the Oval Office [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters]

A United States congressional committee chairman issued subpoenas to two more former White House aides hours after being spurned by White House Counsel Donald McGahn at a hearing on Tuesday. 

The subpoenas came as Democratic politicians negotiated for testimony by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and debated impeaching President Donald Trump.

Heeding Trump’s instructions to ignore a subpoena from the Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, McGahn failed to show up for scheduled testimony before the panel on Thursday morning.

Undeterred in a growing conflict with Trump over congressional powers to oversee his administration, committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced he has issued fresh subpoenas to

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