FoxNews.com reports that
The House Oversight Committee subpoenaed the White House late Friday, with the Democratic chairmen of three House committees saying that President Trump “has chosen the path of defiance, obstruction, and cover-up” in response to the ongoing impeachment inquiry related to his conduct on a phone call with the president of Ukraine.
In a letter to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., gave the White House until Oct. 18 to produce documents.
“We deeply regret that President Trump has put us — and the nation — in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,” the chairmen wrote.
The subpoena was issued by the House Oversight and Reform Committee as part of Democrats’ impeachment investigation of Trump and came as The West Wing was set to allow the similar request for documents from the president’s staff to go unfulfilled, likely forcing Democrats to make good on their threat to issue a subpoena for the records.
That inquiry is looking into whether Trump pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election by freezing military aid, then urging newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and their business dealings in the Eastern European country. Democrats have claimed that the call revealed a quid pro quo in which Trump tied the request to nearly $400 million in frozen military money.
Trump has resisted Democratic attempts to produce documents and administration witnesses for the impeachment inquiry. The subpoena seems likely to escalate the clash between the two branches of government. The president said he would formally object to the impeachment investigation, even while acknowledging that House Democrats “have the votes” to proceed.
The White House was expected to send a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as early as Monday arguing that Congress could not mount its impeachment inquiry without first having a vote to authorize it. The letter was expected to say the administration wouldn’t cooperate with the probe without that vote. Pelosi has said such a vote is unnecessary, claiming the House is well within its rules to pursue the inquiry without it.
“The existing rules of the House provide House Committees with full authority to conduct investigations for all matters under their jurisdiction, including impeachment investigations,” Pelosi wrote Thursday in a letter to House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., after he, too, pressed for a floor vote.
Pelosi has sought to avoid a vote on the impeachment probe for the same reason she resisted, for months, liberal calls to try to remove the president: It would force moderate House Democrats to make a politically risky vote.
Cummings had threatened the subpoena Wednesday after the White House ignored two letters in September seeking the documents. In Friday’s letter, the chairmen warned the White House that “Speaker Pelosi has confirmed that an impeachment inquiry is underway, and it is not for the White House to say otherwise.”
The letter added that the White House’s “failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena … shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you [Mulvaney] and the President.
Earlier Friday, House Democrats sent a letter requesting documents from Vice President Mike Pence as part of the impeachment inquiry by Oct. 15.
Okay. Now, let me get this straight.
After trying to impeach President Trump with a fanciful tale of Russian Collusion, which they themselves made up, now the Dems are trying again to impeach him with a bunch of baseless charges.
“What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is a’goin’ on here?”
At this point, I believe that I know.
- The Democrats are arrogant. – They remind me of that little Swedish girl whom George Soros is paying to be an International Spokesperson for “Climate Change”. They do not know what they are talking about and an overwhelming majority of average people do not believe it. But, still, they refuse to smell what they are shoveling.
- The Democrats are scared and pulling this stuff in order to deflect from all of their corruption. – Sleepy Joe and Cokehead Hunter’s scam is the least of their worries. The Department of Justice report about the origins of the Russian Probe and Spygate will be out very soon.
- They believe that they can stymie the Republicans by not holding a vote on Impeachment. – As long as they keep things the way it is, the Republicans do not have the right to call witnesses and are limited in their questioning of the Democrats’ witnesses. Sounds like they are trying to railroad the President, doesn’t it?
- The Democrats are still throwing a massive temper tantrum over losing the 2016 Presidential Election. – Believe me, the Dems just KNEW that Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States of America. All of their rigged polls and bought pundits told them that it was in the bag. They have literally spent every moment since trying to remove President Trump from office by any means necessary…even lying and swearing to it.
The old school Democrats, like Pelosi, Cummings, Schiff, and Nadler have surrendered their leadership of the party to the Far Left Democrats, including “The Squad”.
It reminds me of the Classic Western “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” starring John Wayne.
The tribal chiefs did not want to go to war against the settlers and the Calvary, but the young hotheads shouted them down at the campfire.
Pelosi tried to keep a lid on calling for impeachment but the young hotheads and just plain egomaniacs with a grudge against Trump like Schiff and Nadler kept pressing her and pressing her until she pulled this one-sided Impeachment.
I know that their plan will get buried in the Senate.
However, I cannot help but marvel at the degree of self-centered tone deafness by the Democrats that is allowing them to make the same mistake that they did in the 2016 Presidential Election.
They are still viewing average Americans living between the coasts as “Deplorables” of limited intellect who will buy the BS that they are shoveling.
All I can say is…
Those who do learn from history are doomed to repeat it. – George Santayana
Until He Comes,