Dem Oversight Chairmen Just Dropped The House On Donald Trump
As Donald Trump’s pointless, absurd, and increasingly harmful government shutdown enters its third week, a new Russia-related scandal has moved to the front page. Over the weekend, we learned more details about Trump’s status as a Russian spy, and the extent he’s gone to hide his “dark talks” with Vladimir Putin from everyone, including his own staff.
The news prompted Democratic chairmen of three powerful House committees to drop a proverbial house on Trump’s head.
The chairmen appeared to suggest on Sunday that President Donald Trump attempted to “obstruct Congress’ independent oversight and investigative efforts” during his weekend interview with Fox News.
“The integrity of our process to serve as an independent check on the Executive Branch must be respected by everyone, including the President,” Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
“Our nation’s laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress,” the lawmakers added, according to Politico.
Calling in to Fox News for an interview Saturday evening, Trump criticized his former personal attorney and longtime fixer Michael Cohen, who is scheduled to testify publicly to the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7 regarding his role in orchestrating hush money payments on Trump’s behalf ahead of the 2016 election.
“He should give information maybe on his father-in-law because that’s the one that people want to look at because where does that money — that’s the money in the family,” Trump said. “And I guess he didn’t want to talk about his father-in-law. He’s trying to get his sentence reduced.”
Asked by Fox News host Jeanine Pirro to provide the name of Cohen’s father-in-law, Trump responded: “I don’t know, but you’ll find out and you’ll look into it because nobody knows what’s going on over there.”
Cummings, Schiff and Nadler warned Trump not to interfere with the oversight investigations, saying in their joint statement Sunday that the president “should make no statement or take any action to obstruct Congress’ independent oversight and investigative efforts, including by seeking to discourage any witness from testifying in response to a duly authorized request from Congress.”