Trump WH Officials Are About To Be Arrested
Donald Trump has been urging his White House officials to not cooperate with the House of Representatives even if they get subpoenaed.
On Thursday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, was interviewed on “Hardball” by Chris Matthews and was asked about Trump’s threat to his officials.
“Democrats seeking to hold President Trump accountable say they are going to gather evidence and hold hearings in order to establish a record of Trump’s wrong-doing. And then and only then it seems they will decide whether to impeach him,” Matthews noted.
“The problem is the White House is already stonewalling three congressional committees that have requested or subpoenaed evidence related to the president,” Matthews added.
Matthews asked Cicilline if Democrats were worried about Trump’s stalling tactics.
“Do you have confidence the clock is on your side?” Matthews asked.
“Yes, absolutely,” Cicilline answered. “First of all Chris, Congress cannot allow the president to prevent us from conducting our oversight.”
“There are three things Congress can do if witnesses refuse to comply with a lawfully issued subpoena,” he noted.
“One is referring to the Department of Justice for prosecution because that’s a crime,” he added. “We don’t have a lot of confidence Mr. Barr will do that.”
“The second is start a civil proceeding and get a citation from the court that would judge that person in contempt and do it that way,” he added.
“But there’s a third method which we can do right away. Since 1821, the Supreme Court has recognized the inherent right of Congress to hold individuals in contempt and to imprison them,” Cicilline explained.
“Congress has the responsibility — and I would say the obligation — to hold individuals in contempt who do not comply with a lawful subpoena, who do not produce documents, and we ought to be prepared to imprison them because we have that inherent right,” he continued.
“I love you congressman, but let me ask you this, how do you do it?” Matthews asked. “The Sergeant of Arms in the House to go pick up the Secretary of the Treasury, break past his Secret Service agents and grab him and take him to Capitol Hill and put him in some [unintelligible]?”
“Chris, that’s exactly what happened in 1935, they put the person in custody for 10 days,” Cicilline replied. “Congress has to be serious about this.”
“We have three ways to make sure the witnesses comply and we have to use them,” he added.
Take a look at the discussion in the video clip below: