House Judiciary Committee will subpoena Stormy Daniels and 11 other witnesses for testimony about Trump

The House Judiciary Committee will vote today to subpoena at least 12 witnesses who have connections to President Donald Trump, The Washington Post reports. One of those witnesses will be adult film star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump and later accepted $130,000 in hush money.

According to the Post,  White House adviser Jared Kushner and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will also be subpoenaed:

In addition to seeking subpoenas for Kushner and Sessions, the committee is expected to vote to authorize Nadler to summon former White House chief of staff John F. Kelly; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski; former deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein; former White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn; Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt; and former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

The other group of those who can expect subpoenas includes Daniels:

The committee is also seeking to compel testimony related to payments to women before the 2016 election who claimed to have had affairs with Trump years ago. To that end, the committee is expected to authorize subpoenas of Keith Davidson, a former attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels; and National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard and American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker. Prosecutors allege that both were involved in deals to silence Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal.

While Trump may be able to prevent those who worked in the administration from giving testimony by citing executive privilege, he cannot hope to block Daniels, McDougal, Howard, or Pecker. Trump has already been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the payoffs made to women who allege they had extramarital affairs with the president.

As soon as Daniels and McDougal tell everything they know about Trump and the payoffs they took to remain silent during the 2016 election, that could increase the pressure on Congressional Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry. Testimony next week from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller could also be damaging to the president.

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