Late last month, the House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas to former White House communications director Hope Hicks and former deputy White House counsel Annie Donaldson for documents and testimony. On Tuesday, the Trump administration directed Hicks and Donaldson to defy the subpoenas. In other words, they were directed to break federal law. The move is not surprising considering the administration’s growing disregard for the law as it seeks to stonewall the efforts of Democratic lawmakers to conduct oversight. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump announced to reporters in April.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) was not pleased with the development, but noted that Hicks has already agreed to turn over “some documents … related to

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