Representative Adam Schiff said that Democrats are considering fining President Trump $25k everyday that he does not cooperate with Congress.
Democrat Adam Schiff thinks he can levy a $25K a-day fine against President Trump for not cooperating with House subpoenas.
ABC News reported that Schiff said on Friday that House Democrats are considering fines on Trump administration officials in order to enforce contempt actions. He said Democrats could use Congress’ “inherent contempt power” to try to force officials to obey subpoenas.
CNN reported that Schiff issued a subpoena Wednesday to the Justice Department for “counterintelligence and foreign intelligence” from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Schiff, a California Democrat, made the demand in a letter to Attorney General William Barr that said his committee had “no choice” but to serve the subpoena after previous efforts, joined by the committee’s top Republican, had not led to the Justice Department providing the requested documents. Schiff gave Barr a deadline of May 15 to hand over the evidence.
“The Department’s stonewalling is simply unacceptable,” Schiff said in a statement Wednesday.
From Daily Caller
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Friday that the House can levy heavy fines against Trump officials, including President Donald Trump himself, until they comply with subpoenas.
Schiff said that while he wished they had subpoenaed the president sooner, House Democrats are considering using the House’s “inherent contempt” power, which allows Congress to levy fines, the California Democrat told Axios’ Mike Allen at a Washington, D.C. Axios event.
Schiff and Allen laughed at the idea of throwing Trump in jail for what Schiff called illegal actions portrayed in the Mueller report. Attorney General William Barr has said that the Mueller report revealed no sign that the president colluded with Russia or obstructed justice in any way.
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