The intense legal battle between Donald Trump and the legislative branch has already been figuratively costly for the American people. Now, it could be literally costly for the Trump administration.
Trump and his team are actively and brazenly ignoring subpoenas from Congress, and allegedly instructing others to do so as well. The President and his inner circle believe that these legal maneuvers are being created for little more than political posturing, and that fact downgrades their necessity to somewhere between zero and negligible.
Congress certainly isn’t thrilled with this standoff, being a co-equal branch of government, and some of the more annoyed democrats are now planning to punish the President in different ways.
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., indicated that he and his colleagues could impose hefty fines on people like Attorney General William Barr if they refused to comply with congressional subpoenas.
“We would level fines on those who are not cooperating until they are compelled to produce what they are asked to produce,” he stated during an event on Friday.
Schiff was discussing how Congress might enforce compliance both in the absence of more concrete reforms and in order to stop officials from running out the clock in the courts. He said the fines could reach as high as $25,000.
For the Trumps, this is now a family matter.
Schiff’s comments came as the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., faced a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee and potentially another from Schiff’s committee in the House. Congressional Democrats have also subpoenaed the administration for testimony from White House counsel Don McGahn as well as documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Schiff has been on the receiving end of several insults from President Trump, and has long been a thorn in the side of the 45th President’s administration.
That doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon.
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