Hope Hicks

House Judiciary authorizes subpoenas for 5 former White House officials

Hope Hicks and Steve Bannon
Hope Hicks and Steve Bannon. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday along party lines to authorize subpoenas to obtain documents from 5 former White House officials.

The big picture: The subpoenas are part of the committee's wide-ranging investigation into allegations of obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power by the Trump administration. As part of the resolution, the committee also authorized a subpoena for Attorney General Bill Barr to turn over special counsel Robert Mueller's full report.

Ex-Trump aide: Hope Hicks threatened to conceal documents on Trump Tower statement

Hope Hicks next to American flag.
Hope Hicks. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Former Trump legal spokesman Mark Corallo said on an ABC News podcast that Hope Hicks, who previously served as White House communications director, told him that "nobody's ever going to see" the documents about the drafting of a misleading statement on the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

Context: In the original statement Trump dictated aboard Air Force One, he claimed the meeting between a Kremlin-linked lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. — first reported by the New York Times — was about Russian adoptions. Trump later revealed in a tweet that the purpose of the meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, essentially admitting that his first statement misled the American people.