On MSNBC Wednesday, conservative “Never-Trump” columnist Jennifer Rubin scorched President Donald Trump for trying to flout Congressional oversight and prevent former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying.
“What could be the consequences of simply ignoring subpoenas, ignoring demands to testify, and just pretending Congress doesn’t exist?” host Joy Reid asked her.
“Well, normally when this happens, you have the contempt procedure,” said Rubin. “If you go down the road of a criminal contempt procedure, the problem is that the Justice Department is now run by, obviously, Trump surrogates, so you have a problem there. You might pursue civil contempt and try to get a court to fine them.”
“But really what we have here is a declaration of attack against the Constitution,” said Rubin. “What is really going to be interesting is when a court decides to enforce the subpoenas. What will the administration do then? Are they going to defy a court order? Because it is at that point, I think, that Republicans have no choice but to acknowledge that he is unfit for office and has completely violated his oath.”
“It’s already bad enough because he is raising spurious charges,” Rubin continued. “How can Don McGahn be protected by the executive privilege when he spent 30 hours with the special counsel, who then wrote it up in a report that was released to the American people. This is how in such bad faith that they are now operating.”
“Now, I think Democrats will have to think long and hard about how and when they pursue impeachment hearings,” she concluded, “but certainly the public case for his lawlessness, his abuse of process, his abuse of power, he’s certainly making the case better than some of the Democrats could.”