House Dem. Threatens Trump Officials with ‘Incarceration’ for Refusing to Honor Subpoenas

Apr 28, 2019, 00:23
House Dem. Threatens Trump Officials with ‘Incarceration’ for Refusing to Honor Subpoenas

President Trump said earlier this week that he would not comply with Congressional attempts to question administration officials.

The department said John Gore, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division, would not participate in a deposition scheduled for Thursday if he could not have a Justice Department lawyer at his side. The committee had offered to let a lawyer sit in a different room.

Congress has also subpoenaed former White House attorney Don McGahn to pick his brain on the obstruction of justice allegations leveled at Trump.

In an unprecedented step, the Trump administration has filed a lawsuit to try to block one congressional subpoena; some Trump advisers have been told to ignore other subpoenas; and a request for Trump's tax returns has not been fulfilled.

Payments to Jones Day, however, are expected to drop moving forward as the Trump campaign recently hired a new in-house legal team for its 2020 reelection bid, as first reported by Politico and confirmed by ABC News.

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Millions of Americans, beginning with Washington Democrats, are eager for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify about his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump blasted the probe once again Friday as he has done for more than a year, helping drive up Mueller's negatives but failing to undermine support for it. Trump defiantly proclaimed on Twitter that the investigation "didn't lay a glove on me".

Even if the Democratic House approves articles of impeachment, there's no way at least 20 Senate Republicans will ever join the Democrats in providing the two-thirds majority vote needed to convict and remove Trump from office.

"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state", the report read. "[It's when] reasonable people say, 'This is over, '" said the official, who told TIME the White House likely will not be involved in the decision and is not aware of any ongoing conversations between the White House and DOJ about the topic.

In his initial letter summarizing the report, he said Mueller came to no conclusion on obstruction of justice, neither accusing nor exonerating Trump. The report said Congress could address whether the president violated the law.

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As it was with Mueller, it's not clear whether the SDNY isn't accusing Trump of a crime because he's a sitting president or because it hasn't established that his conduct was criminal. Views on Russian Federation and Robert Mueller's investigation are fixed: According to a recent Politico/Morning Consult Poll, voters are split 41-41 on whether Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation, a 47-34 percent plurality believe Trump obstructed the investigation, but only a third of voters think Congress should begin impeachment proceedings.

But Trump and his legal army don't want those people confirming what they told Mueller during the investigation, so the president wants to battle Congress in court.

The Constitution empowers Congress to remove a president from office for "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors".

Not everyone in the party has accepted these eggs dance: the left wing of The Democrats, led by shooting star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, endorsed publicly a Trump-Impeachment and, as such, plays the President in the hands. In that context, the court ruled 8-0 that Nixon had to turn over the tapes.

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