‘These aren’t like impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., a member of the House Oversight Committee, threatened to jail members of the Trump administration if they refused to testify before Congress.
The Democrat-controlled committee has launched a series of investigations into President Donald Trump’s administration, specifically in regards to the Russian collusion hoax and the president’s tax returns, which he is not required to release.
The committee sent several subpoenas and oversight requests to White House officials, even after special counsel Robert Mueller released his report and stated there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
“We’re going to resist,” Connolly told CNN. “And if a subpoena is issued and you’re told you must testify, we will back that up.”
Trump said he planned to resist the resistance—noting that the committee’s efforts had nothing to do with the pursuit of justice or constitutional oversight so much as political games.
“We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” he said on Wednesday. “These aren’t like impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020. They’re not going to win with the people I see and they’re not going to win against me.”
But Connolly nonetheless threatened that the committee Democrats would use every tool at their disposal to try to force compliance, “whether that’s a contempt citation, whether that’s going to court and getting that citation enforced, whether it’s fines, whether it’s possible incarceration—we will go to the max to enforce the constitutional role of the legislative branch of government.”
The Trump administration has already challenged the committee’s efforts by filing a lawsuit against Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., to stop the Democrats’ attempts to obtain the president’s financial records.
House Democrats have “declared an all-out political war against President Donald J. Trump,” the president’s lawyers said, adding that subpoenas have been the Democrats’ “weapon of choice” since Trump took office.
Cummings responded to the lawsuit by claiming Trump “has a long history of trying to use baseless lawsuits to attack his adversaries, but there is simply no valid legal basis to interfere with this duly authorized subpoena from Congress.”