Trump, Netanyahu to meet next week in Washington

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Former White House communications director and Trump confidant Hope Hicks will cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee's probe into the president over potential obstruction of justice, CNN reported on Wednesday.

CNN first reported Hicks meant to cooperate with the committee.

The president will welcome Netanyahu for his third White House visit since Trump took office, the White house said Wednesday.

The development comes amid a growing fight between House Democrats and the White House over a range of investigations - after the White House has ignored a number of deadlines set by Democratic chairmen, who now wield subpoena power.

Cummings and his committee are also looking into the legality of the hush money payments Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen made leading up to the 2016 election to women who have alleged affairs with Trump. 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.

Hicks testified before lawmakers in a close-door House Intelligence Committee hearing previous year, when the Republicans controlled the panel.

Israeli rabbi, injured in Palestinian attack, dies
People attend the funeral of 47-year-old Rabbi Achiad Ettinger in the settlement of Eli in West Bank, on March 18, 2019. Since 2015, Palestinians have killed over 50 Israelis in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks in the West Bank.

Hicks played a key role in Trump's 2016 campaign and served as the administration's communications director from August 2017 to March 2018.

Earlier this month, the judiciary committee revealed that it requested documents from 81 individuals, government agencies and entities.

A working meeting will be held on Monday, with a dinner for the two leaders on Tuesday, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Others, like former White House counsel Don McGahn, are referring their inquiries from the committee to the White House.

Cummings alluded to the White House offers in his op-ed, saying that the records were "policy documents that have nothing to do with the officials we are investigating", and that the briefing will be "a general briefing on those policies during which they will answer no questions about specific employees".

The House Judiciary Committee is also moving toward its first interview tied to the letters it sent to kick off the investigation: Felix Sater, who promoted the Trump Tower Moscow project, is scheduled to testify behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee next Thursday, according to two sources with knowledge of the appearance.

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