By J. D. Heyes
Frustrated that special counsel Robert Mueller and the Left-wing Deep State, after two years, have failed to ‘prove’ “Russian collusion” against the 2016 Trump campaign and angry the president remains ensconced in the Oval Office, majority Democrats in the House are launching new retaliatory investigations against the administration in a desperate political stunt ahead of the 2020 elections.
On Monday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) made good on pre-midterm election pledges to ‘harass’ the Trump administration by announcing that 81 “requests for documents” have been sent to government agencies, entities, and individuals — including POTUS Donald Trump’s two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. Also, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been sent a request as has former White House counsel Don McGahn.
“We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power,” Nadler said in a statement.
The document requests are part of a brand-new “obstruction” investigation being launched by predatory Democrats over a familiar accusation: The president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
As Reuters reported:
Among the committee’s aims is determining whether Trump may have obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the Justice Department, such as former FBI Director James Comey, and abused his presidential power by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses.
“The House Judiciary Committee’s letter has been received by the White House,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. “The (White House) Counsel’s Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time.”
Frankly, Trump should simply declare “executive privilege” while everyone else ignores the requests and the subsequent subpoenas that are sure to follow. They can use former Obama officials as a template.
Throughout Obama’s eight years in office, officials within his government repeatedly — and with their boss’ tacit and overt approval — ignored lawfully issued congressional subpoenas, and with Democratic approval.
It began with the gun-walking scandal “Fast and Furious,” in which Congress issued a subpoena for then-Attorney General Eric Holder to appear to answer questions related to the ATF operation. He not only ignored it, but Obama gave him permission to exert “executive privilege” and withhold requested documents. Eventually, a federal court refused to enforce the House’s subpoena and, later, a finding of contempt of Congress, the only time in recent memory an administration official has been cited by the Legislative Branch.
Other Obama administration officials also ignored congressional subpoenas. In April 2011, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), blasted then-acting ATF Director Kenneth Nelson after he refused to respond to a congressional subpoena demanding Fast and Furious documents.
In 2013, the late-Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lambasted Obama for allowing members of his administration to ignore congressional subpoenas.
“Your administration’s disdain towards congressional authority and its failure to disclose public records feeds into its adversarial relationship with Congress and fuels public distrust in government,” he wrote in a letter to Obama regarding his “controversial” Labor Department nominee Thomas Perez, who refused to appear before Congress with the president’s blessing. (Thomas would go on to be confirmed.)
In 2014, then-White House counsel Neil Eggleston informed Issa and his committee that David Simas, the director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach (OPSO), would summarily ignore a congressional subpoena to appear before the California Republican’s committee — for the same reason: Executive Privilege.
“The Committee’s effort to compel Mr. Simas’ testimony threatens longstanding interests of the executive branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy and his ability to obtain candid advice and counsel to aid him in the discharge of his constitutional duties,” Eggleston wrote, according to CBS News.
In September 2014, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) lashed out at the Obama regime after the Interior Department’s Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall refused to respond to a subpoena issued by the House Natural Resources Committee.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.