This Is Called 'Contempt of Congress'

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Photo credit: Sean Rayford - Getty Images
Photo credit: Sean Rayford - Getty Images

What say we begin the weekend by looking straight on at a straight-up crime? It’s a very clarifying thing. From Politico:

The committee has subpoenaed documents and testimony from four Trump administration alumni: former social media czar Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kash Patel, former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former White House adviser Steve Bannon. The four men were ordered to turn over documents related to Jan. 6 by Thursday and to sit for interviews with investigators next week. The letter stated the committee is seeking materials that are covered by executive privilege, as well as other privileges. “President Trump is prepared to defend these fundamental privileges in court," the letter said.

Can I use this to get out of parking tickets? After all, I’m just as much president of the United States right now as El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago is. What we have here is a private citizen demanding privileges he doesn’t have anymore, so as to monkey-wrench a congressional investigation into his own conduct. What we have here is contempt of Congress. At least.

Nevertheless, the good soldiers have done some good soldiering. The deadline for answering committee subpoenas has come and gone. No answers have been forthcoming. Surely, then, we are heading into motions hell, and who knows how long we’ll be there. However, to pass the time, the committee might engage its enforcement powers and place a few dudes in handcuffs. I don’t know anyone with enough juice to ignore a subpoena. (Well yes, I do, but we don’t toss their names around idly.) Mainly, all it takes is audacity, a good lawyer and, if necessary, a Gulfstream against the advent of a quick getaway, as the Wizard of Oz said about his balloon. The way to counter that is to be more audacious, have better lawyers, and throw some people in the can before they get to their airplanes. The blown deadlines and the revelations in Politico are the open and the shut moments of an open and shut case. Time for folks to do their jobs.

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