Congress should utilize its power to arrest and jail associates of President Donald Trump who refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas.
Former federal prosecutor John Flannery was interviewed on MSNBC’s “The Beat” about the latest in the impeachment investigation into Trump.
“Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski — after some wrangling — is now saying he will testify publicly in this impeachment probe by the House Judiciary Committee,” host Ari Melber reported. “The committee ramping up what it’s now calling formal impeachment proceedings — according to Chairman Nadler — investigating these obstruction issues.”
“White House officials had talked about invoking executive privilege in some sort of bid to stop someone who never worked at the White House. That was a shaky legal argument,” Melber noted. “Lewandowski here clearly seems to be moving away from that bid and saying look, he will engage.”
The host turned to Flannery for analysis.
“How would you advise the committee to deal with a witness like this?” Melber asked. “I’ve spoken to Mr. Lewandowski since our reporting where we played things he said about the issue that were proven false by the Mueller report. I’ve invited him back on. He hasn’t come back yet. What do you do with a witness who has proven willing to tell falsehoods?”
“I guess he figures no one’s going to prosecute him,” Flannery replied. “That’s one of the problems. We hold them in contempt and think the AG’s office, the U.S. Attorney is going to prosecute them for contempt. That’s not going to happen.”
“It’s time they considered using their inherent powers, the ones that were used back in the Teapot Dome,” Flannery advised.
“You’re talking about jailing them inside the capitol?” Melber asked.
“Absolutely. It’s about time these people stopped talking about using their inherent powers for a penalty or fine which they would need the court to enforce. Instead, they can have the Sergeant at Arms appoint a deputy and if they fail to testify, put them in custody.”
“There’s no reason why they shouldn’t do it. This is a constitutional crisis of historic dimensions,” Flannery added.
Former FBI agent explains why Trump just opened himself to more legal problems
Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa explained that the recent revelations that President Donald Trump made a promise to a foreign leader that made an intelligence official uncomfortable enough to declare themselves a whistleblower.
Rangapp explained that the President has a fairly wide latitude to conduct foreign affairs as he sees fit. But "when it comes to the 'outside world,' the President represents the sovereign: He is basically the voice of the United States and can negotiate with world leaders on its behalf."
Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup in high school Halloween costume
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday for wearing brownface makeup to a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to a re-election campaign dogged by controversy.
Time magazine published the photograph one week into a federal election campaign with Trudeau's Liberal Party in a tight contest against the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer.
Trudeau, 47, whose party won a landslide victory in 2015, has already been under attack for an ethics lapse and other controversies.
The black-and-white photograph shows Trudeau, then 29, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened at a gala party in 2001.
A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning
While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.