Donald Trump hung out with his peeps at the G-20 Summit in Japan and afterward. These men are a ruthless cruel bunch given to imprisoning and killing journalists, jailing their election opponents, and atrocities. Thus far, Trump has not moved over to that dark side, but he has directed his Attorney General William Barr to investigate Hillary Clinton. He also directed his administration to punish CNN by limiting its parent company AT&T in a merger. POTUS did not like CNN’s coverage. We talk about Trump being a wannabe dictator. Perhaps, he is a dictator unfolding.
Like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Solman, Trump has been operating as if there has been no Legislative Branch of the government. Under the Republican majority, that was true. Now that the Democrats have taken over the House, it may still be true.
POTUS issued a dictum that no member of his administration past, present, and possibly future will come before the Democrats investigative hearings. He also dictated that his people would not turn over one piece of paper, one phone, or one computer to the Democrats.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MA) said he sent Donald Trump a letter with a July 10 deadline. He wanted all the private email practices of the current administration. It appeared that the Trump people have been violating federal record-keeping laws.
The long-time Democrat had asked for a narrower slice of information including Jared Kushner’s “contacts with foreign officials via text and “apparent violations (by) Ivanka Trump, Steve Bannon, and K.T. McFarland.”
Cummings sent his letter to the White House counsel Pat Ciipolone. He referenced former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence of “work-related communications:”
‘The White House’s complete obstruction of the committee’s investigation for the past six months is an affront to our Constitutional system of government.’
The Democrats do not appear to know how to deal with an administration that has been lawless. They have been playing by the old rules of compromise, courtesy, and co-equal respect. Cummings began sending letters in December 2018.
Conversely, the Republicans who held the House prior to the Democratic, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-CA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC), have since stepped down. Yet, while in office, these two men ran Hillary Clinton ragged appearing before them on the Benghazi attack on an American compound and about her email server.
Cummings tried to get Ivanka Trump’s personal emails. Apparently, she has mixed up her private and classified emails. Unfortunately, the highly respected Maryland representative has been doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome. Perhaps, he has been laying out a legal strategy that has failed to reach us. Trump will not change unless there are serious consequences.
Ranking Oversight Committee Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) noted that the Presidential Records Act:
‘…was not intended to create a fishing license for Chairman Cummings to pry into the private communications of the first family. This is yet another example of Democrats’ obsession with finding some rationale to impeach the President.’
Read Cummings letter below:
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