The members of the investigative House committees do not hide their frustration. Donald Trump has ordered those who work in the White House to ignore subpoenas for testimony and documents. He has even tried to keep people who used to work in the White House from testifying. This has directly undermined the Constitution’s separation of powers. Congress has oversight of the presidency to prevent an authoritarian from taking over the democracy. This is the House’s latest move.
A House Judiciary Committee panel will vote on whether to send subpoenas to 12 people closely connected now or previously to POTUS. These included the president’s daughter Ivanka’s husband, a top Trump adviser Jared Kushner. The panel will also subpoena former attorney general Jeff Sessions. The committee’s investigation involved whether the commander-in-chief “obstructed justice or otherwise abused his office.”
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold (Jerry) Nadler (D-NY) began the hearing saying, according to The Washington Post:
‘We will not rest until we obtain their testimony and documents so this committee and Congress can do the work the Constitution and the American people expect of us.’
Volume II of the Mueller Report deals primarily with whether Trump obstructed the former special counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation.
In an early-morning tweet, Trump said:
‘Now the Democrats have asked to see 12 more people who have already spent hours with Robert Mueller, and spent a fortune on lawyers in so doing. How many bites at the apple do they get before working on Border Loopholes and Asylum.’
With his frustrating showing, Trump told Congress to stop investigating the presidency and go back to working on immigration:
‘Enough already, go back to work!’
The Judiciary panel’s vote was on whether to subpoena any documents that included information about the president’s “zero-tolerance” policy on refugees coming to the U.S. illegally. Trump placed a chokehold on the legal entry points. As a result, thousands of children were isolated from their parents in 2018.
Trump has made the situation worse with his threats of closing the border. People thought this was their last chance to get across, because their illegal guides told those seeking asylum so. A record-breaking drought in Central America plus extensive gang violence has spurred the humanitarian crisis on.
Nadler’s committee has been seeking a broad range of documents from some 80 people and entities. It wanted to know details about the Trump 2016 campaign, his administration, and his personal financial records.
The president has claimed the House Democrats were involved in “presidential harassment.” Due to the lack of compliance, the Democrats voted to allow the committees to “file lawsuits against those who defy congressional subpoenas.”
‘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.’
In addition, the committee would be seeking subpoenas relating to the president’s sexual affairs:
‘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.’
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