It’s starting. President Donald J. Trump and his republican cohorts in the White House, the US Congress and the right wing media outlets are stepping up their attacks on the “rule of law,” the DOJ (US Department of Justice) and the FBI.
The US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has very recently joined in the fray complaining that the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe has been taking too long.
The US House republicans like House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and their House Speaker Paul Ryan are all threatening the DOJ and FBI officials with contempt charges or other legal consequences in the US Congressional representatives’ arsenal if their subpoenas for requested documentation by the DOJ and FBI personnel are not forthcoming in the near future.
It is my opinion that the republicans are in a fishing expedition to find any information about any possible wrong doing within the FBI and the DOJ to bolster their talking points that there is no proof of the president having colluded with Russians to effect the 2016 presidential elections’ outcome, and that the Special Counsel and his agents are off on a “witch hunt” to where they have been virtually framing the president for partisan reasons. These same players have been trying to find any data to help their talking point arguments for as long as the investigation has been on-going, but so far all of their attempts have fallen short. But they are not about to give up.
It’s time for us who are part of the resistance, to contact our US Congress representatives to hold them accountable for their ad hoc attacks on the “rule of law,” DOJ and FBI.
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Here is the rest of the story…
On June 17, 2018, Kyle Cheney and Aubree Eliza Weaver of Politico penned the following report, “DOJ, House GOP lurch toward confrontation in document fight” (‘We’re going to get compliance or the House of Representatives is going to use its full arsenal of constitutional weapons,’ one Republican said.”)
“The Justice Department and House Republicans appear to be careening toward their tensest confrontation yet in a long-running dispute over documents, with one GOP lawmaker warning that the House could seek to hold officials in contempt of Congress if the FBI and DOJ fail to comply with subpoenas for information.”
“House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Sunday that Speaker Paul Ryan led a meeting Friday with FBI and DOJ officials in which lawmakers “went item by item” through outstanding subpoenas from the House intelligence and judiciary committees.”
“And Paul made it very clear. There’s going to be action on the floor of the House this week if the FBI and DOJ do not comply with our subpoena request,” Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday.” “So [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein, [FBI Director] Chris Wray, you were in the meeting. You understood him just as clearly as I did. We’re going to get compliance or the House of Representatives is going to use its full arsenal of constitutional weapons to gain compliance.”
“Asked by host Chris Wallace whether that could include holding officials in contempt of Congress, Gowdy said yes.”
“I don’t want the drama,” Gowdy said. “I want the documents.”
“Lawmakers have demanded documents related to the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server, the firing of FBI official Andrew McCabe and the surveillance starting in 2016 of a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump. It wasn’t clear exactly which documents provoked the current level of rancor, but Ryan’s participation in the meeting Friday (6/15/18) showed that the fight has risen beyond the committees and could envelop the full House.”
‘Republicans have insisted the FBI and DOJ are stonewalling the requests, though the agencies say they are trying to diligently screen the documents. Democrats have accused their Republican counterparts of a political vendetta against the law enforcement agencies aimed at discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates helped.”
“Rosenstein, who has borne the brunt of Republicans’ frustration, oversees the Mueller investigation.”
“Two people familiar with the meeting Friday said no specific options, such as contempt of Congress, were discussed. They said the point of the meeting was to make clear that there will be consequences if the Justice Department doesn’t comply with oversight requests.”
“The threat of House action was noteworthy coming from Gowdy, though, because the former federal prosecutor works closely with Ryan and his staff. He also does not always side with the Trump allies in the House, defending the FBI for sending an informant during the 2016 campaign to look into Trump’s team’s contacts with Russians, even as the president claimed the FBI had spied on his campaign.”
“House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said the documents were due this week, but he told Fox News on 6/17/18 that he was not confident the agencies would comply.”
“The meeting Friday came after a series of huddles between lawmakers and law enforcement officials last week. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and the panel’s top Democrat, Jerry Nadler, met with Rosenstein and John Huber, a U.S. attorney assigned to oversee the document production. And the bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate met Thursday with DOJ and FBI officials.”
“Rosenstein also plans to meet 6/19/18 with members of the House judiciary and oversight committees for a classified briefing.”
“Lawmakers have several options when they believe an executive branch official is refusing to comply with a subpoena. They can cite the official for contempt of Congress and refer the issue to the Justice Department for prosecution. They can also authorize a civil lawsuit to enforce the subpoena in court.”
“A third option is for the House to invoke what’s known as its inherent contempt power to have officials arrested. The last such move was by the Senate nearly a century ago.”
“In 2012, the GOP-led House had a showdown with Attorney General Eric Holder over records related to the gun-running investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. The House passed 2 separate resolutions: one citing Holder for contempt and referring the issue to the Justice Department for prosecution, and another authorizing a House committee to sue.”
“Federal prosecutors rejected the criminal contempt referral, citing longstanding policy. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sued Holder to demand access to the documents. The case dragged out until 2016, when a judge ruled that public disclosures had undercut the administration’s effort to resist the subpoena.”