(Axios) House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told Axios' Mike Allen Friday that the House is considering reviving its "inherent contempt" power, which would allow Congress to enforce subpoenas through coercive measures like fines.
Democrats have confronted the Republican president and his administration for refusing to co-operate with at least six separate congressional investigations of Trump, his turbulent presidency, his family and his business interests. "You could fine someone $25,000 a day until they comply".
On the opposite hand, resulting from the escalating tension between Congress and President Trump resulting from what Schiff acknowledged is the persisted obstruction of Congress, he acknowledged the the Residence will want to "preserve in thoughts any resolve" to web data.
"But he may get us there", Mr Schiff said.
Democrats instead are exploring inherent contempt, a dormant, extrajudicial power to arrest, detain and fine that Congress has not used since the 1930s.
"If there is going to be this across the board stonewalling, we are going to have to consider extraordinary remedies", he added.
Moments ago the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-16 along party lines to hold AG Bill Barr in contempt for refusing to provide an unredacted version of the Mueller report.
Democrats have lashed Attorney General William Pelham Barr to the horns of a dilemma: He must choose either to violate or obey federal law, and then await the consequences.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) arrives for an address on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2019.
Democrats can not claim that Barr is hiding the Mueller Report. "He was all for President Obama using executive privilege and now he's against this president". The Justice Department, to which the special counsel answers, is part of the executive branch.
Mueller finished a 22-month investigation in March, concluding there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
The Judiciary Committee also has issued a subpoena for former White House counsel Donald McGahn to deliver documents and testimony to the panel regarding what he knew about the president's alleged efforts to obstruct justice by encouraging his subordinates to lie to investigators and seeking to make personnel changes that could have hampered or shuttered Mueller's probe.