Schiff considers fining Trump officials held in contempt $25,000/day

Schiff considers fining Trump officials held in contempt $25,000/day”

Expanding on an idea floated days ago by Democrats as a way of putting some teeth into various inquiries of Trump, his turbulent presidency, his family and his business interests, Representative Adam Schiff spoke in two interviews about reviving the "inherent contempt" power of Congress.

Schiff reiterated his suggestion on Sunday that congress could levy fines of $US25,000 ($A36,000) a day on administration officials who refuse to co-operate with demands for witness appearances and documents in congressional investigations.

"Look, I think if you fine someone $25,000 a day to their person until they comply, it gets their attention.I don't know how many are going to want to take that risk for Donald Trump", Schiff said.

However, due to the escalating tension between Congress and President Trump due to what Schiff said is the continued obstruction of Congress, he said the the House will have to "consider any remedy" to get information.

He said Democrats could use Congress' "inherent contempt power" to try to force officials to obey subpoenas. "We're taking a peek thru the history and studying the law to manufacture particular we're on solid flooring".

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Republicans have accused Democrats of grandstanding for progressive voters, but even the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the president's son, Donald Trump Jr.

Jordan noted that Barr was legally required to withhold portions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian inference in the 2016 election that concerned grand jury information, adding that democrats have effectively put Barr in an unwinnable position: He could either release the full Mueller report in violation of the law and federal procedure, or keep the redactions and face a partisan contempt proceeding.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 20, 2018. "We're talking to the department of justice". The White House earlier this week had directed McGahn not to comply with an earlier summons. Nadler told reporters that he hopes not to have to subpoena Mueller to appear before lawmakers, but that he would do so if necessary.

The White House also asserted executive privilege to prevent former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying.

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