The Democrats are making themselves out to look like street fighters who are being held back in an effort to throw a punch. Only the person on the other side of that punch would be the president of the United States.
The House Dems are currently accusing the Department of Justice of protecting Trump and not allowing the necessary oversight for Congress. Although presidents have been investigated for centuries, Congress is trying to probe into Donald Trump too aggressively – and the Justice Department has had enough.
House Democrats have had enough, and they are getting house lawyers involved. The Justice Department recently invalidated a subpoena for Trump’s financial records. However, House lawyers are saying that it is absolutely a necessity and that he needs to submit to a congressional inquiry. The lawyers focused on precedents that began as early as George Washington.
According to some of the lawyers in the House of Representatives, the arguments being created by the Justice Department are “fabricated out of whole cloth.” They are identifying that the DOJ is representing what they wish the lot to be instead of the actual law. Lawyers say that the DOJ is trying to rewrite the authority that Congress has in order to investigate a sitting president.
This is a fight that has been going on for quite some time. The House Oversight and Reform Committee has been on the border of harassment since Trump first took office. The Dems are showing that they are bitter, and they are going to stop at nothing in order to get more information on him.
Trump has already sued the committee earlier in the year within his personal capacity as opposed to presidential capacity. This was following Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the committee when a subpoena was issued to Trump’s personal accounting firm. They wanted to seek several years of financial records.
Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney of the president had accused him of inflating and deflating values of assets in order to get approved for certain loans, including a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Other accusations were to reduce his overall tax burden.
The Dems seem to be after Trump in cold blood. However, Trump has been a billionaire for years. Based on the laws of the country, which were in place long before Trump took office, billionaires are on a completely different tax bracket than the average Americans. Just as Bernie Sanders – he has a lower tax burden than most Americans, too – yet Dems aren’t trying to jump down the DOJ’s throat to get a hold of his financial records.
A district judge upheld the committee subpoena back in May, yet the attorneys for Trump have appealed the decision. Now, the case has been dragged all the way to the US Court of Appeals.
Personal lawyers of Trump have said that the committee has overstepped their authority, requesting personal records from the president. The committee has yet to give a legitimate reason for wanting these records. At no point will these records change the fact that Trump was voted in as president. At no point will it show that he is incapable of doing his job. At no point will it show that he has done anything illegal.
The Dems simply want to focus on anything that they can in order to drag Trump’s name through the mud. However, it’s getting old. Now, they don’t even want to listen to reason when the Department of Justice is defending the president, too.
Trump’s lawyers have pointed out that constitutional red flags are being raised because there is no historical support that shows that a committee of Congress should have the ability to issue a legislative subpoena in order to gain records from the president.
Douglas Letter, the house General Counsel, is rejecting those claims. He doesn’t feel that he has any kind of “limited congressional power” and they want the information to conduct investigations and oversight. As to what investigations and to what oversight, the Dems have yet to identify.
Until they speak up as to why they want the information, they need to settle down. The DOJ is protecting Trump as they should because their claims are ridiculous. Further, the reason that they aren’t saying what investigations and oversight are because they don’t know yet – they want to find the dirt first.
The Dems are certainly getting feisty about the whole matter, not wanting to back down. However, they can identify that past presidents have been investigated, too – but there has always been a reason. Without a reason, they need to stop their childish antics.