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White House directs Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to withhold documents from House Democrats

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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks arrives to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 27, 2018. Copyright J. Scott Applewhite AP file
Copyright J. Scott Applewhite AP file
By Alex Moe and Kristen Welker and Dartunorro Clark with NBC News Politics
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It's the latest in a bitter back and forth between the White House and Capitol Hill, with the Trump administration blocking a number of requests for interviews and documents

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The White House has directed former administration officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to hand over any documents to the House Judiciary Committee related to their time at the White House, two sources told NBC News Tuesday.

It's latest in a bitter back and forth between the White House and Capitol Hill, with the Trump administration blocking a number of requests for interviews and documents from current and former aides.

Hicks previously served as the White House communications director. Donaldson served as chief of staff to White House counsel Don McGahn. Hicks previously testified before the House Intelligence Committee in 2018 about her time on the campaign.

The subpoenas, issued last month, sought testimony and documents related to the panel's investigation into obstruction of justice, corruption and other potential abuses of power by President Donald Trump and members of his administration. Tuesday marked the deadline for Hicks and Donaldson to turn over documents, though the deadline for testimony and deposition falls later in June.

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