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Tlaib Floats Detaining White House Officials in Detroit for Refusing to Comply with Subpoenas

Tlaib Floats Detaining White House Officials in Detroit for Refusing to Comply with SubpoenasRepresentative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) suggested this week at a town hall that local Detroit law enforcement officers could detain White House officials who refuse to comply with subpoenas issued by Democrats, quipping that, "we won't hurt them."The freshman Democrat nodded in agreement with a town hall attendee who suggested U.S. Marshals “hunt down” White House officials if they "refuse to leave power."Tlaib responded that the current situation is "unprecedented" and said Democratic lawmakers have discussed what the correct process might be to arrest non-compliant White House officials."This is the last caucus conversation we had. Do you know this is really unprecedented?" Tlaib said. "This is the first time we've ever had a situation like this. So they're trying to figure out – no joke – they're trying to figure out, well, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them?"House Democrats have subpoenaed several Trump administration officials for thousands of documents, some of which relate to the formal impeachment inquiry against the president. Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents involving the Trump administration's communications with Ukraine."Where do we hold them? I'm not in those kinds of conversations, but I'm asking, like, you know, what happens?" Tlaib said, adding that she has been told this is "uncharted territory.""They're trying to be like, well where are we going to put them?" the outspoken progressive continued. "I'm like you all. I ask the same questions. Well what happens when they don't comply? The fact of the matter is, we held Barr and Secretary Ross from commerce, the secretary of commerce, in contempt."In July, the House voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas regarding the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census."I will tell them they can hold all those people right here in Detroit," Tlaib said of the cabinet secretaries. "We'll take care of them and make sure they show up to the committee hearings. We won't hurt them."Tlaib has called for Trump's impeachment since she began campaigning for Congress. She made headlines in November for promising during a speech to a crowd of supporters near Capitol Hill that, "we’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherf—er.'"



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House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence directorThe chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying Joseph Maguire is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Friday evening that the committee will require that Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena.



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Congress committee subpoenas Trump envoy to Taliban talks

Congress committee subpoenas Trump envoy to Taliban talksThe chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday issued a subpoena to the Trump administration’s envoy to the U.S.-Taliban talks, demanding that he testify at an open congressional hearing next week. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., complained that the Trump administration was keeping Congress and the American people “in the dark” about negotiations with the Taliban, which have broken down. Engel issued the subpoena to compel Zalmay Khalilzad to testify Sept. 19.



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House panel subpoenas DHS over alleged Trump pardon offers

House panel subpoenas DHS over alleged Trump pardon offersThe Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Wednesday subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security for documents that could shed light on President Donald Trump’s alleged offer of pardons to officials implementing U.S. immigration policy. The committee, which is considering whether to recommend impeachment against Trump, cited press reports that the president offered pardons to officials should they face legal action for following his instructions to close a section of the U.S.-Mexico border, aggressively seize private property and disregard environmental rules in erecting a border fence. “The dangling of pardons by the president to encourage government officials to violate federal law would constitute another reported example of the president’s disregard for the rule of law,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrod Nadler said in a statement.



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Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Rob Porter as Part of Obstruction Probe

Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Rob Porter as Part of Obstruction ProbeThe House Judiciary Committee will subpoena former White House staff secretary Rob Porter as part of its probe into President Trump's alleged attempts to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Politico reported Monday.Porter, who resigned last year amid allegations of domestic abuse, served as a close confidante to the president during the Mueller probe and, as such, might be a valuable witness for House Democrats seeking to expose Trump's misconduct as they weigh whether to begin impeachment proceedings.The White House has thus far blocked senior White House officials from complying with lawmakers' oversight requests, asserting that high-level officials enjoy “absolute immunity” from testifying before Congress. That claim is now being challenged in the courts by Democrats seeking testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn.Porter is mentioned multiple times in the Mueller report. In one section that will likely be of particular interest to lawmakers, the report details how Trump asked Porter to speak with senior Department of Justice official Rachel Brand about supervising the Mueller probe as a corrective to attorney general Jeff Sessions's recusal.The former White House aide never carried out the president's request “because he was sensitive to the implications of that action and did not want to be involved in a chain of events associated with an effort to end the investigation or fire the special counsel,” according to the report.Porter was also present for, and took contemporaneous notes related to, Trump's repeated diatribes against McGahn. According to the Mueller report, some of those rants included threats to fire the White House lawyer over his adherence to a policy of cooperation of with the special counsel's office, and his refusal to author a dishonest letter falsely denying a New York Times report that indicated the president ordered him to fire Mueller.



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House Dems back subpoenas for Ivanka, Jared private emails

House Dems back subpoenas for Ivanka, Jared private emailsThe House Oversight Committee voted along party lines Thursday to authorize subpoenas for personal emails and texts used for official business by top White House aides, including Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s chairman, said the committee has obtained “direct evidence” that the president’s daughter, Kushner and other top aides were using personal accounts for official business in violation of federal law and White House policy. “What we do not yet know is why these White House officials were attempting to conceal these communications,” Cummings said, adding that the White House has refused to produce a single piece of paper this year in response to the investigation.



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U.S. House panel approves subpoenas for Trump officials' private emails

U.S. House panel approves subpoenas for Trump officials' private emails



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House Panel Subpoenas Kellyanne Conway over ‘Egregious’ Ethics Violations

House Panel Subpoenas Kellyanne Conway over ‘Egregious’ Ethics ViolationsA House panel voted on Wednesday to subpoena Kellyanne Conway's testimony after she failed to appear for a scheduled hearing to field questions from lawmakers about her alleged ethics violations.The House Oversight and Reform Committee called Conway to testify after the Office of Special Counsel, a federal ethics watchdog, called on President Trump to fire her earlier this month, citing “egregious, repeated, and very public violations” of the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain federal employees from engaging in political advocacy while acting in their official capacity.Conway's refusal to appear before the Committee represents an escalation in the ongoing standoff between congressional Democrats and administration officials, who have stonewalled oversight efforts, often refusing to testify or turn over documents while under subpoena.Henry J. Kerner, the special counsel, whose role is unrelated to Robert Mueller's investigation, argued in his Wednesday testimony that Conway's repeated violations of the Hatch Act — which stem from her endorsement of Republican congressional candidates during television interviews and on Twitter — created an “unprecedented challenge” to his office's ability to enforce federal law.Conway has dismissed the accusations of ethics violations as an unprecedented and politically motivated attack on the administration.“If you’re trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it’s not going to work,” Conway said when asked about her alleged violations during a May interview, adding “let me know when the jail sentence starts.”Kerner, in his letter to the president and in his testimony, argued that Conway's refusal to accept responsibility created a dangerous precedent and was further reason to dismiss her.Conway's repeated violations, “combined with her unrepentant attitude, are unacceptable from any federal employee, let alone one in such a prominent position,” Kerner testified.Representative Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), who chairs the Committee, said he is prepared to hold Conway in contempt if she defies the subpoena.“There are rarely issues that come before our committee that are so clear cut, but this is one of them. This is about right and wrong,” Cummings said. “Contrary to claims Ms. Conway and President Trump have made, this is not a conspiracy to silence her or restrict her First Amendment rights. This is an effort to enforce federal law.”Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the panel's top Republican, argued that Kerner's findings were politically motivated and, as a result, any attempt to compel Conway's testimony would be unfounded.“The report is outrageous, it’s unprecedented, it’s unfair, and it’s just wrong,” Jordan said, adding that the OSC “doesn’t like the fact Ms. Conway is conservative.”“She’s being targeted because she is good at what she does, and this is why this should not stand,” he said.



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Most Americans want Trump to comply with House subpoenas. But impeach him? Not so fast

Most Americans want Trump to comply with House subpoenas. But impeach him? Not so fastA new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds those views aren't partisan.



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House Dem. Threatens Trump Officials with ‘Incarceration’ for Refusing to Honor Subpoenas

House Dem. Threatens Trump Officials with ‘Incarceration’ for Refusing to Honor SubpoenasRepresentative Gerry Connolly (D., Va.), a member of the House Oversight Committee, said Friday that the panel might resort to the threat of incarceration should Trump administration officials continue to ignore its numerous subpoena-backed requests for documents.“We're going to resist, and if a subpoena is issued and you're told you must testify, we will back that up,” Connolly told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. “And we will use any and all power in our command to make sure it's backed up — whether that's a contempt citation, whether that's going to court and getting that citation enforced, whether it's fines, whether it's possible incarceration. We will go to the max to enforce the constitutional role of the legislative branch of government.”The president and his advisers have said explicitly that they will not yield to Democrats' demands that officials testify before the Oversight Committee regarding the issuance of security clearances, the formation of the so-called zero-tolerance immigration-enforcement policy, and other matters.White House adviser Stephen Miller, former security-clearance official Carl Kline, and John Gore, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, have thus far all refused to come before the panel.Connolly emphasized in particular the Committee's desire to hear from Miller, whom he called Trump's "immigration whisperer," regarding what measures the administration plans to take to harden the southern border in the wake of Secretary of Homeland Security Kierstjen Nielsen's departure.“We want to hear from him: What is your thinking, what is it you've been advising the president, and where is it you think you're going to be taking us as a country with these kinds of policies and personnel changes?” Connolly said of Miller.



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