CNN reported earlier this month that President Donald Trump pressured his then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clearance against their recommendations, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Let me underscore that point: The White House has not turned over a single piece of paper to our committee or made a single official available for testimony during the 116th Congress. Hicks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cummings maintained the refusal to produce any documents or witnesses "to the primary investigative committee in the House reflects a decision at the highest levels to deny congressional oversight altogether".
The report noted that the committee separately requested documents from Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn, Jr., but it remains unclear if the Flynn Intel Group's submission will cover them.
During the interview, Hicks acknowledged that she had occasionally told "white lies" for Trump but said she hadn't lied about anything relevant to the Russian Federation investigation. 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.
Last year, while testifying behind closed doors before that committee, when Republicans controlled the House, Hicks reportedly answered questions about the presidential campaign and transition but declined to discuss her tenure in the White House.
Hicks played a key role in Trump's 2016 campaign and served as the administration's communications director from August 2017 to March 2018. But Democratic aides said far more witnesses had agreed to provide information in the coming days - and Hicks is just one such example. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price had to write his own checks to reimburse the American taxpayers for his wasteful spending, but White House officials on some of those same flights, such as Kellyanne Conway, have refused to provide the documents we need to complete our review. AMI was part of a "catch and kill" scheme during the 2016 campaign to pay off women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump.