Wow… now the left if unabashedly calling for a coup. They aren’t even being subtle anymore. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) stated once again today that Democrats are quietly considering jailing allies of President Trump if they do not comply with the House’s impeachment inquiry. There’s a problem with that — none of this is legitimate and the Democrats know it.
My friend Kim Priestap on Twitter laid it out succinctly: “This is not a lawful investigation. There was no vote on the floor of the House to trigger the impeachment. There is no judicial power behind the demand letters to appear so they are not subpoenas. You are being lied to.” Everything she just said is absolutely correct. This is a kangaroo court and an unconstitutional sham. It is bullying on a monumental scale. This has nothing to do with obstruction… it’s called fascism.
Tlaib, speaking for the Democrats, had the unmitigated gall to tell a local Detroit news program, Deadline Detroit, that Democrats, who have issued a number of subpoenas to Trump’s friends, family members, and administration officials, have discussed detaining those who don’t show up to testify, the Hill reports. “There have been actual serious conversations about what the logistics would look like… if we did have to force someone through a court order to come before the Congressional committee,” she said.
This is totally out of control and borders on treasonous if you ask me. It is dirt common for Congress to negotiate with potential witnesses who receive subpoenas and have legitimate concerns about testifying. Jailing someone for refusing to comply with a demand for testimony would be unheard of and in this case, unlawful. Tlaib even sort of acknowledged this: “This is pretty uncharted territory for many of us and even for Congress.”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 13, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“This isn’t the first time Tlaib has talked about jailing ideological opponents, particularly those allied with the president, who could have information as to whether Trump discussed a deal with Ukrainian officials, returning canceled foreign aid if Ukrainian prosecutors pursued Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and investigated an energy corporation that placed Hunter Biden on its board.
“Tlaib gleefully announced Democrats’ plans to jail impeachment inquiry witnesses at a town hall meeting in metropolitan Detroit last week. The Daily Wire’s Molly Prince reported on the incident last Tuesday.
“Let me tell you, this is pretty — and this is the last caucus conversation we had. Do you know this is really unprecedented? This is the worst time we’ve ever had a situation like this,” Tlaib said then. “So they’re trying to figure out — no joke — they’re trying to figure out, ‘Well, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them?’ No, no.”
“What are we hoping? I mean, I’m not in those kinds of conversations, but I’m asking, like, you know, what happens? And they’re like, ‘Well, Rashida, we’re trying to figure it out ourselves because this is uncharted territory,’” she continued. “No, I’m telling you that they’re trying to be like, ‘Well, where are we going to put them? Where are we going to hold them?’ No, I mean those are the kinds of things they’re trying to tread carefully.”
A despicable human being! https://t.co/3KpgUuRaXU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2019
“Other Democrats, aside from Tlaib, have expressed interest in jailing non-compliant witnesses. Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) told CNN on Wednesday that he would like the House Sergent-at-Arms to “march” them to the “little jail” they have in the Capitol if they refuse to honor their subpoenas.
“So far, at least two White House officials, Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, have refused Congressional orders to testify and House Democrats have voted to hold both in contempt as a result. The House does have the option of jailing those who defy subpoenas but has historically avoided such a display. In this case, as in cases before, the visual of escorting administration officials to jail probably would not benefit the jailing party.
“Luckily for Barr, Ross, and the rest of the White House staff — all of whom have been instructed not to respond to the impeachment inquiry — Tlaib isn’t among the legislators responsible for handling their testimony.”
Sounds about right. COUP! https://t.co/IuoTQJrIU6
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) October 13, 2019
President Trump called Tlaib ‘despicable’ for her calling for the arrest of Trump allies and I don’t blame him. “A despicable human being!,” the president wrote in a post retweeting Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media. And right they are. Scavino linked to a story penned by The Hill about Tlaib and remarked “Sounds about right. COUP!”
The White House sent a defiant letter to House Democrats last week, describing the impeachment inquiry as an attempt to overturn the 2016 election and vowing not to cooperate. “Never before in our history has the House of Representatives — under the control of either political party — taken the American people down the dangerous path you seem determined to pursue,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote. Again, that is exactly on point here.
In that letter, White House counsel Pat Cipollone called the probe “constitutionally invalid and violation of due process.” Which it certainly is. “Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” Cipollone wrote.
By the way, even though many like to mention the idea that there is a small jail in the Capitol, it’s actually a myth, according to Roll Call. Historically, such a facility did exist in the building but was removed long ago. But I’d bet that the Democrats would find a way to install one if it served their purpose of overthrowing a legitimately elected president. You betcha. It’s what fascists and Marxists do.