As part of his continuing mission to destroy the separation of powers in the name of pleasing Trump-deranged donors, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler subpoenaed two former White House officials to testify before his committee and provide documents that have nothing to do with anything worth a damn to this country.
Nadler issued subpoenas to Annie Donaldson, who served as chief of staff to former White House counsel Don McGahn, and Hope Hicks, the former model-turned-White House communications director who left her post last year.
These two subpoenas are just the latest jabs in the ongoing fight between the White House and Congress as House Democrats seek to redefine the notion of “congressional oversight” to mean “a fishing expedition to find any dirt possible against the president and everyone in his orbit.”
Whether the subpoenas will be honored isn’t entirely clear. A representative for Donaldson’s law firm has yet to issue a statement regarding the matter. An attorney for Hicks, Bob Trout, has likewise declined to comment.
The subpoena orders Hicks to provide documents by June 4 and then to testify before the Judiciary Committee on June 19. The other subpoena requires Donaldson to turn over a tranche of documents to the committee by June 4 and demands her appearance at a deposition on June 24.
Dims apparently believe Donaldson and Hicks are key witnesses to instances of obstruction as laid out in the political assassination aid known as the Mueller Report.
Donaldson is said to have kept detailed notes about the meetings with McGahn that she sat in on and such notes were frequently mentioned in Mueller’s report. Hicks also played a pivotal role as a trusted adviser in Trump’s inner circle, following him from the early days of his presidential campaign and into the White House. If anyone knows where the bodies are buried, so to speak, it would be Hicks, as she has been a loyal member of Trump’s inner circle since he picked her out of a magazine centerfold. Dims see her as a juicy target.
Nadler already issued a subpoena for documents and testimony from McGahn, but he has so far declined to comply with the requests at the direction of the White House; a miracle of sorts considering his willingness to throw 30 hours worth of red meat to Mueller’s pit bulls over the course of the last two years. Then again, he did that with Trump’s blessing.
The Court Battle
This flurry of subpoenas has been met with #resistance from the White House, as any sane administration would seek to protect itself from a House committee with no bounds of decency. Unfortunately, Dims have an activist judiciary that has shown itself to be a reliable partner in its mission to destroy the Trump presidency.
For example, an Obama-appointed federal judge in Washington ruled Monday against PDT in a financial records dispute with Congress.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said Trump cannot block a House subpoena of financial records. He said the committee seeking the information has said it believes the documents would help lawmakers consider strengthening ethics and disclosure laws, which was good enough for him.
The committee’s reasons were “valid legislative purposes,” Mehta said, and it was not for him “to question whether the Committee’s actions are truly motivated by political considerations.”
In the case before Mehta, Trump and his business organization sued to block the subpoena issued in April to Mazars USA, an accountant for the president and Trump Organization. Trump’s lawyers accused Dims of harassing Trump and said the subpoena has no legitimate legislative purpose, because it doesn’t.
In the New York case, Trump, his business and family have sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One to prevent the financial companies from complying with subpoenas from the House Financial Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee for banking and financial records. A Wednesday hearing is planned in that case.
The effect of this ruling will be felt for many years to come. If Dims are allowed to subpoena whatever information they like for any reason they like from when the president was a private citizen, no decent non-politician will ever seek the office, as no person is pure as the driven snow. The judge has essentially declared that any elected official may have their private life invaded for political reasons merely by virtue of being an enemy of the majority party in the House. It’s a dangerous precedent.
The ruling is being appealed, of course, but don’t get your hopes up. The appellate judge in the case is none other than Merrick Garland, who you will recall was the Supreme Court nominee who was blocked by Turtle McConnell in Obama’s final year in office. I’d love to say that he would place checks and balances on congressional power over his personal political grudge, but let’s face it, that would be a foolish assumption given what we’ve seen thus far.
As for the McGahn case, which is now headed to the courts, the White House is by all accounts on solid legal ground. Every administration since Truman has invoked executive privilege in order to protect White House personnel and the office of the presidency from these types of witch hunts. Unfortunately, “solid legal ground” is no longer sufficient to predict the outcome of a case, as the judiciary has proved itself nothing more than another political weapon for the Swamp.
McConnell and co. can’t get judges approved fast enough. This is judicial tyranny, and it has to stop — NOW.
If there’s a silver lining to be had in this situation, it’s that every White House denial to cooperate with the witch hunt is followed by demands to impeach PDT, which ultimately helps our side. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to take the impeachment route because it would be the stupidest political move she could possibly make, especially with the relative unity her party has been able to muster in regards to their primary races.
The power of Tom Steyer and the Twitter Dims (AOC, Tlaib, Swalwell, etc) could serve as the tool of division we need. So by all means, keep #resisting, PDT. And keep up those calls for in-peachment, Mensa Maxine.
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