Congress is at Risk

This week has been typical for our lawless administration. Kellyanne Conway declined an invitation (cough) a subpoena from Congress, compelling her to testify before the House Oversite Committee regarding her many violations of the Hatch act, her misuse of public funds, and other crimes.

Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman of the panel, received an RSVP in the form of a letter penned by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. Cipollone sited Trump’s ”long-standing view” that current and former White House officials are ”absolutely immune” from congressional testimony:

“Ms. Conway cannot be compelled to testify before Congress concerning matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the president. Because of this constitutional immunity, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President, the President has directed Ms. Conway not to appear at the Committee’s scheduled hearing on Monday, July 15, 2019,” ~White House counsel, Pat Cipollone,

Cipollone has 17 attorneys on staff whose sole function is to assert the fraud-in-chief’s executive privilege in response to House investigations.

Conway’s Crimes are not ”matters related to her service as a senior advisor” of individual 1, and ignoring a subpoena based on an invented rule could be considered obstruction of justice. That is what this administration does best.

Bill Barr, Don McGahn, and Hope Hicks have similarly ignored subpoenas issued by various House Committees, but none have had consequences.

How do they get away with this?

The Constitution does not specify what actions can be taken in this type of situation, but the Supreme Court has ruled in several similar cases. Congress has a choice of three responses to defiance of subpoenas:

  1. They can hold the non-compliant party in contempt; they have the authority to detain and imprison a contemnor until the individual complies.
  2. Congress can certify a contempt citation to the executive branch for the criminal prosecution of the contemnor.
  3. Or Congress pass the buck to the judicial branch to enforce, hoping it doesn’t end up on the desk of a judge newly appointed by McConnell.

So far Congress has responded to this administration’s contemptible staff and cabinet by issuing strongly worded warnings with floating deadlines— you’re in big trouble, three weeks from Tuesday unless the vote is postponed until further notice.

This method has been ineffective. By not following through on threats, how can Congress expect to maintain its place as a co-equal branch in government?

The traitor in the White House is consciously undermining public perception of the role of Congress and our three-party system. This will help him in his long term goals fascist goals.

Kellyanne Conway defies subpoena, skips Oversight hearing

https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/the-houses-contempt-powers-explained

8 thoughts on “Congress is at Risk

  1. Did you see the video of Conway and the reporter and ‘nationality?’ Lydia–I don’t get how these people are allowed to say what they say and get away with it. Who in the heck does she think she is?!

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    1. Yes, I think they’re intentionally creating controversy to distract from the credible pedophile rape accusation and his ties to Epstein. They are racists, but that’s not what this is about. Racism isn’t illegal, but rape is.

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  2. They really need to be arrested for obstruction, or what’s the other one? Or is it just obstruction? When you wont come to court. Do the people who are in charge of things, not realise that every time they let them get away with it. They get worse?

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    1. Yes Congress need to file charges and arrest them for contempt of Congress, because this is the game they’re playing, and they’ll continue until with every witness until congress steps up. They are all obstructing justice. 🤬

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