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.
Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report
The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.
"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."
Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.
The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.
"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.
Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat
Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.
But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.
"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."