President Trump surely didn’t see this one coming did he? I don’t believe so. Nor did anyone involved with the Mueller probe apparently. Just when we all thought no traction could possibly happen on the Mueller report any further, today we hear that new subpoenas will be dolled out in rapid fashion. This coming from US House of Representatives.
During a House voting session, Representatives voted 229 to 191 in favor of authorizing civil lawsuits against Trump administration officials who refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas. So what does this mean exactly? Well, it means that the House can toss out subpoenas to get information better than a top-tier NBA team tosses up 3-pointers: with reckless abandon.
But there is a larger ulterior motive here than just getting a bunch of people before the House judiciary committee. This is a blatant targeting of Trump administration Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. Why? Well the answer is obvious. They’ve both refused to cooperate with congressional subpoenas in relation to the Muller Report. Their reasoning was that the Mueller Report “absolved” President Trump of any wrong doing (even though it didn’t) so why would they have to adhere to any congressional subpoenas.
When queried on this vote, House speaker Nanci Pelosi has this to say:
We need answers on many questions left unanswered by the Mueller report which makes clear that the Russians waged an all-out attack on our democracy, and documented – the Mueller report did – 11 instances of obstruction of justice from the White House itself.
The biggest reason why this is important is that the House now has the authority to enforce subpoenas without having to attain full House votes to do so. Thus, House Judiciary Committee Chairmand Jerry Nadler can call anyone he so desires and they must comply or be in contempt of federal court. Which, of course, would not be good in any sense and, further, be a pretty glaring admission of guilt.
Downplaying the events, Nadler said he will give the Justice Department time to comply but:
if important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies.
And let’s get on thing straight on this. All of this isn’t to prove President Trump is guilty of Russian election interference or election tampering with a foreign government. The Mueller Report said there wasn’t evidence of this. However, what it DOES give us is ammo to show that President Trump DID obstruct justice in an attempt to stonewall the Mueller Report from ever seeing the light of day.
This is a seriously curious case because on one hand, if Trump were innocent on any level of any alleged crime, he would have let the Mueller Report come out in full and not had a care in the world. On the other, it seems like Trump obstructed justice only to have an anti-climactic outcome with a report that didn’t name him guilty of the biggest thing everyone thought; Russian collusion.
What Trump did was clearly an attempt to deflect attention away from Mueller and hiw “witch-hunt,” which clearly wasn’t because of all the OTHER people who are now behind bars due to high-profile crimes in Trump’s name. That’s the literal definition of obstruction.
What all of this means is that the House now has another weapon in their arsenal when trying to combat the most backward administration in United States history. What will come of this remains to be seen, but this should start to bring to light a few things that remain hidden from the public eye behind Trump’s wall of Tweets.