Schiff responds to Trump officials refusing subpoenas: thanks for building my case for me!

As the impeachment inquiry kicks into full gear, the Trump administration seems to think it can wiggle itself out of this jam by simply forbidding all of its members from complying with subpoenas from the House committees investigating the President and his team’s efforts to bully the Ukranian government into giving or manufacturing dirt on his political opponents.

From Saturday to Monday, four Trump admin officials announced their refusal to testify. National Security Council lawyers John Eisenberg and Michael Ellis joined assistant to the president Robert Blair and Office of Management and Budget associate director Brian McCormack in refusing to tell their side of the story. Blair’s attorney gave the excuse of “direction from the White House” in explaining their absence to POLITICO.

On Monday, the President explained his rationale on Twitter by simply proclaiming there was “no need” for witnesses to analyze the “words and meaning” in his now infamous conversation with Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) disagrees with that “logic” and held a press conference in order to warn the President and his cronies that all their obstruction and refusals will accomplish nothing but dig themselves into a deeper hole.

Refusing to comply with everything that Congress asks does not exactly paint a portrait of innocence on the part of the Trump team, and defying subpoenas could open them up to even more legal trouble than they’re already in. The law is squarely on the side of the Democrats, who will see justice be done. If Trump wants to play hardball, Schiff says “bring it on!”

Join millions calling for AG Barr to resign after he defied his constitutional obligations to protect Trump!

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.


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