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Trump impeachment: More stonewalling likely as White House says Senate can’t subpoena senior advisers

Trump impeachment: More stonewalling likely as White House says Senate can’t subpoena senior advisersSenate majority leader Mitch McConnell has already rejected Democrats' call to hear from several witnesses at Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial, but it may not matter if Democrats can find enough Republican votes to allow witness testimony.Even in the event that the Senate decides to hear from the witnesses requested by Democrats – including White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, office of management and budget official Michael Duffey, Mulvaney aide Robert Blair, and former national security advisor John Bolton – the White House intends to continue blocking them from testifying.



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Trump's stonewalling could speed up impeachment

Trump's stonewalling could speed up impeachmentDemocrats believe they have enough evidence to impeach Trump, in the form of a whistleblower complaint and a partial transcript of a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump asked Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.



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Rep. Ilhan Omar Stonewalling Hometown Paper on Marriage Controversy, Editor Says

Rep. Ilhan Omar Stonewalling Hometown Paper on Marriage Controversy, Editor SaysDemocratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has allegedly been uncooperative with her hometown paper’s efforts to get to the bottom of accusations that she committed marriage fraud, the paper’s political editor said.Omar’s brief congressional career has been dogged by accusations — which she has denied — that she married a male relative, possibly her brother. Omar and her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, filed joint tax returns while Omar was married to another man, Ahmed Elmi, Minnesota campaign finance officials said.Omar and her family have made it difficult for journalists to find out the truth about her marriage, Minnesota Star-Tribune editor Kevin Diaz told PolitiFact in an interview Thursday.“Our public records searches determined that in at least one period after she married Elmi, all three (Omar, Elmi and Hirsi) used the same address in Minnesota. It raises questions about the nature of the relationship if she is living with both the person she’s married to and her eventual husband,” Diaz said.“What’s really made it hard is that she’s been unwilling to address any of these questions. That has fueled the controversy. We quoted her at length to say that these were mere accusations, that they were unfair, and that she shouldn’t have to address them. Be that as may, there was an undisputed instance of her filing her taxes improperly. And if you’re in Congress, you should explain that to your constituents,” he continued.



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Trump’s Stonewalling Pushes House Democrats Towards Impeachment

Trump’s Stonewalling Pushes House Democrats Towards ImpeachmentPhoto Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyDonald Trump’s declaration this week that his administration will stonewall “all the subpoenas” from Congress has pushed House Democrats to rethink their impeachment calculus. Top Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have said the party will consider impeachment only after doing due diligence—like hearing from key figures like Special Counsel Robert Mueller, obtaining the documents he used in his investigation, and more. But the White House’s plans to indefinitely stiff-arm their requests for documents and testimony, combined with the instances of alleged obstruction already laid out in Mueller’s report, is complicating that plan— and may drag House Democrats toward impeachment as an appropriately forceful way to respond to the administration’s conduct. “I think the combination of the chilling depictions in the Mueller Report and Trump’s opacity is moving some members into the impeachment camp,” said one Democratic lawmaker. “Translation: it’s always the cover-up that gets ‘em.”And a senior Democratic aide told The Daily Beast that the temperature within the conference has gone up since Trump said point-blank that the White House fights all congressional subpoenas. Contempt of Congress was the third article of impeachment against Nixon— a piece of history that has been front-of-mind for congressional Democrats over the last few days. And Democrats say they are prepared to hold members of the Trump administration in contempt if the stonewalling continues.The obstruction outlined in the Mueller Report, said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has “leapt off the page” in the last week with Trump’s refusal of lawmakers’ request. “I have a hunch,” said Raskin, “that he is moving the whole caucus closer to seeing impeachable offenses.”On Wednesday, Trump’s attitude about Democrats’ attempts at oversight was crystal clear. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” he said outside the White House. “I say it’s enough… These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020.”In the days since Mueller’s report became public, the administration has backed up Trump’s tough talk with rejections of a raft of Democratic requests for documents and testimony on a number of fronts. On Russia, the Department of Justice has also not responded to requests for Mueller to testify in front of House committees and requests for additional evidence that informed Muller’s conclusions. Trump’s personal lawyers, meanwhile, are fighting the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena of an accounting firm to obtain the president’s financial information. On other topics of oversight, Democrats are getting the silent treatment. The Justice Department said on Wednesday, for example, that a top lawyer, John Gore, would ignore a subpoena for him to testify about the administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the U.S. Census. The administration has also stiff-armed the House intelligence committee, where Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is looking to scrutinize Trump’s finances. The committee has asked for an FBI briefing on security issues at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, but has yet to receive one, per a committee aide. The Justice Department also has not responded to the committee’s bipartisan request for documents related to the Mueller Report, the aide said—and a response to a query about communication with Russian President Vladimir Putin did not address their request. “If the president is successful in stopping us from collecting evidence, then we have a judgment to make: Can we discharge our constitutional responsibility in the face of that, or is that in and of itself sufficient obstruction of Congress?” said Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat and member of House Leadership. “That was the third article of the Nixon impeachment. I don’t know that we’re there yet.” The Democratic conference isn’t a monolith, and members’ views on impeachment are wide and varied. Pelosi’s ability to keep impeachment talk tamped down has benefited from the near-consensus on that point among the conference’s most powerful committee chairs—namely Nadler, Schiff, Richard Neal of Ways and Means, Elijah Cummings of Oversight, and Richard Engel of House Foreign Affairs. Maxine Waters, who chairs the Committee on Financial Services, is the exception; she has been pushing for impeachment for most of Trump’s presidency. But Cummings’ rhetoric sounded markedly impeachment-friendly in an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Tuesday. When she asked if Trump deserved to be impeached, Cummings responded, “I think he does.” —with additional reporting by Erin BancoRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Even some in White House are frustrated by the stonewalling on Donald Jr.’s meeting

Even some in White House are frustrated by the stonewalling on Donald Jr.’s meetingWASHINGTON — White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders brought a mixture of defensiveness and obfuscation to her briefing with reporters on Wednesday as she faced continued questions about Donald Trump Jr.’s recently revealed meeting with a Russian lawyer. It’s a strategy that has left the press — as well as some in the White House itself — deeply dissatisfied. Since then, there have been a slew of revelations about the meeting — including that Trump Jr. had been told the lawyer would provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to support Trump’s candidacy.



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