White House Under Siege & What Needs To Happen Next
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Things are getting worse. The relationship between the Trump White House and House Democrats has reached a new level of hostility this week. On Monday, April 22, 2019, Trump sued the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee to block a subpoena for his financial record. On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, after the White House instructed a Trump official (who oversaw security clearances) not to cooperate with the Congress, House Democrats threatened to hold the Trump official in contempt. Later on Tuesday, the Trump administration refused to turn over six years’ worth of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns by the 5 p.m. deadline, instead requesting more time to consult with the Justice Department. Trump also said he is opposed to his former and current aides, most notably former White House Counsel Don McGahn, testifying on Capitol Hill.
A member of the House Oversight panel, Rep. Jamie Raskin, said in an interview, “It’s a pretty extraordinary and outlandish situation right now. It’s like a curtain has fallen down over the White House.”
Since Democrats took over the House, there had been 6 refusals from the Trump administration to appear before the House Committees, 30 refusals to respond or stalls on document request, declining to send witnesses to testify, and now the White House simply refused to even give over documents. The White House will also try to block McGahn, a star witness for House Democrats, from testifying by asserting executive privilege, according to two people familiar with the plans. Trump indicated that he had no intention to comply with House Democrats. Trump said, “There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it’s very partisan, obviously very partisan.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler subpoenaed Don McGahn to appear before the panel May 21, 2019, as part of its obstruction of justice investigation into Trump.
Morton Rosenberg, legal adviser to the House general counsel, said, “It’s putting forth a constitutional crisis about whether the Congress can effectively perform its oversight duties.”
Washington Post’s Ashley Parker, NYT’s Michael Schmidt, former Congressman David Jolly (once a Republican but now Independent), former Bush aide Elise Jordan, and MSNBC contributor Rick Stengel on the president lashing out as the fallout over Mueller’s report continues, including the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaing former White House counsel Don McGahn, in the video “What A White House Under Siege Looks Like, Deadline, MSNSBC“, below:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t taking impeachment off the table in response to the Mueller report, but she’s urging fellow Democrats to use caution. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang and CBS News Capitol Hill producer Rebecca Kaplan join CBSN’s Errol Barnett to discuss Pelosi’s conference call Monday with Democrats, in the video “Pelosi doesn’t take impeachment off the table, but urges Democrats to be cautious” below:
Regardless whether there will be impeachment, House Democrats will be gathering important documents and witness testimonies. The approval rating for Trump is dramatically decreased. Despite both Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats previously presented no interest in impeaching Donald Trump, if the White House continues to show such total disregard toward Congress, it appears as though Trump is inviting to be impeached. If no consequence is addressed, things will only get worse and Democrats will appear not to be aggressive enough.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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