As part of their ongoing impeachment inquiry, House Democrats are moving quickly to subpoena the White House for documents regarding President Donald Trump’s telephone call with Ukraine’s president. And so far, three House panels have indicated their plans to go forward with this if they do not receive the documents, The Hill reports.
This is the latest move in the clash between the Democrats and the White House as rhetoric between Trump and the Democrats continues escalating. Democrats are accusing Trump of obstruction of justice and Trump is accusing them of trying to damage the country.
And the Democrats are understandably frustrated.
“Over the past several weeks, the Committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with — or even respond to — the committees,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote in a memo. “The White House’s flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents — combined with stark and urgent warnings from the Inspector General about the gravity of these allegations — have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena.”
Cummings added the subpoena will be issued Friday if the White House doesn’t comply.
In a joint press conference early Wednesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) warned that attempts to “stonewall” the impeachment inquiry will be viewed as obstruction of justice.
“The White House needs to understand that any action like that, that forces us to litigate or have to consider litigation, will be considered further evidence of obstruction of justice,” Schiff said. “We will also draw the inference as appropriate that they are trying to conceal facts that would corroborate the allegations in the whistleblower complaint.”
Pelosi, in an earlier television interview, said she believes Trump is “scared” of the inquiry, The Washington Post reports.
“I think the president knows the argument that can be made against him, and he’s scared,” Pelosi told ABC News anchor George Stephanopolous. “And so he’s trying to divert attention from that to where [he’s] standing in the way of legislation.”
But apparently it’s easier for Trump to insult Schiff and Pelosi on Twitter than it is to comply with their simple requests. Because that’s just what he’s doing — flinging insults on Twitter.
It should come as no surprise that current White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham is dismissive, arguing that the Democrats are running a “kangaroo court.”
“This is nothing but more document requests, wasted time, and taxpayer dollars that will ultimately show the President did nothing wrong,” she said. “The Dems can continue with their kangaroo court, the president will continue to work on behalf of this country.”
That remark would be hilarious if it wasn’t frightening. How is the Trump administration’s collusion with Russia working on “behalf of this country?” And Trump has, as of Sept. 29, made 220-day trips to play golf, at a cost to U.S. taxpayers at a cost of $109,000,000. How is that saving taxpayers money?
The fact that Trump and his staff are fighting this every step of the way is evidence that they have plenty to hide.
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