Trump says no to House Democrat subpoenas – IOTW Report

Trump says no to House Democrat subpoenas

FPM: “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” President Trump declared Wednesday in response to the flood of House Democrats’ subpoenas engulfing his administration. “These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020,” he added. Referring to the Mueller investigation, which took nearly two years to complete, the president said, “I thought after two years we’d be finished with it. No. Now the House goes and starts subpoenas. I say it’s enough.” In short, the president has decided to fully resist the political shenanigans of the Democrat resisters in Congress who have sought to delegitimize and hobble his presidency from the get-go.

President Trump cooperated fully with the Mueller investigation, waiving executive privilege. His administration turned over more than 1 million pages of documents. The president also permitted then-White House counsel Don McGahn, who had counseled President Trump not to cooperate with the Mueller investigation in the first place, to submit to over thirty hours of questioning by the Mueller team. The Mueller report concluded that “the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.” With respect to a possible charge of obstruction of justice, the Mueller team laid out a series of worst-case scenarios and assumptions, relying extensively on Mr. McGahn’s testimony, but reached no definitive conclusion as to the president’s criminal liability.  The Democrats are not satisfied. The House Committee on the Judiciary has subpoenaed Mr. McGahn to testify on a broad range of matters already addressed in the Mueller report, as well as on matters that are the subject of pending judicial proceedings outside of the scope of the Mueller investigation.

President Trump intends to fight the McGahn subpoena on executive privilege grounds, in court if necessary. His lawyers will likely argue that the Democrats are seeking to use Mr. McGahn to plow over old ground for the sole purpose of harassing him and are also trying to use his testimony to elicit privileged information that was not covered in the Mueller report. However, the president risks losing this fight in court on the grounds that he may have already waived executive privilege. President Trump allowed detailed information regarding Mr. McGahn’s statements to the Mueller team, which the president did not try to stop Mr. McGahn from making on any privilege grounds in the first place, to be made public in the non-redacted portions of the Mueller report. Democrats’ lawyers will argue that the president thus waived executive privilege with respect to Mr. McGahn’s congressional testimony.

Nevertheless, President Trump should call the Democrats’ bluff.  He should force them to go to court to defend their fishing expedition with Mr. McGahn and with all their other investigations targeting the president. Very few cases involving such legislative-executive branch clashes over protection of confidential executive branch information have reached the courts. The president is on sound grounds to invoke his legal and executive privileges as aggressively as he can where he reasonably believes that the Democrat-controlled House committees are creating false pretexts in order to exact political revenge and help their presidential nominee in the 2020 election.  more here

14 Comments on Trump says no to House Democrat subpoenas

  1. We all LOVE a good fighter.

    And the POTUS is the BEST we have seen, ALL of us EVER, in quite some time, may God bless this man and his family.

    God had St. Michael the Archangel in the First Battle.

    We have an advocate, a Charlemagne finally, for US you and I. It’s almost like a feeling of coming out of the Dark Ages.


    EFF you CONGRESS. Your rating is 40% lower than POTUS yous assholes!


  2. “If you pull down your pants and bend over the table; somebody’s gonna fuck you.”

    “There are too many people out there willing to fuck you; don’t fuck yourself.”

    Sage advice from a dead white dude.

    izlamo delenda est …

  3. However, the president risks losing this fight in court on the grounds that he may have already waived executive privilege.

    I would hope that impeachment, imprisonment of his family, and the Romanov Bulger treatment, would teach both the toad and orange lickers. But we know better. Still, feel free to chortle, if you already know the lyrics:

    “Never talk to cops.”

  4. @ghost of brig gen j glover April 28, 2019 at 3:03 am

    > We all LOVE a good fighter.
    > And the POTUS is the BEST we have seen, ALL of us EVER, in quite some time

    True. That’s why I, for one, welcome our new beardy overlords.

  5. What? If you do not invoke “Executive Privilege” on inauguration day and stick to it until your tour ends, you are never entitled to use it???? I know that if you talk to the cops about stealing X, that you relinquish you 5th amendment protection (during the X trial). If you wise up and keep your fookin’ mouth shut about Y, you may successfully invoke…… or something like that!
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

  6. The problems for Anonymous and his dwindling cadre of fevered delusionals are: Most people are sick to death of this bullshit, there is nothing there, no matter how much they sift through the ashes of the Mueller investigation, most people are sick to death of this bullshit, the Dem Congress is composed of ignorant asses who couldn’t make a credible case even if they had facts on their side, and most people are sick to death of this bullshit.

    I hope all the Dem Reps have fun explaining in 2020 why they got absolutely nothing accomplished for two years after their “blue wave”.

  7. Uhh, Anonymous, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Thirdtwin is right, you should see the internal polls…oy vey! I’m not there yet on impeachment. I may get there. He may get me there, but don’t get your hopes up.

  8. Hey, wait a minute! Are you telling me that a sitting president DOESN’T have the right to ignore supoenas to supply documents to congress? I thought that ignoring supoenas was the norm for 8 years under the previous administration!


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