Donald Trump vows to block all subpoenas for Congressional hearings over Trump-Russia links and his financial and tax affairs.
“We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020.”
Trump’s lawyers and the White House have responded aggressively after the Mueller Report, released last week, set out findings of “numerous contacts” between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and of Trump’s obstruction or attempted obstruction of justice.
Trump’s attorneys filed in US District Court to block the subpoena of Trump’s accountants Mazars USA, seeking six years of Trump’s financial statements. The Treasury defied a second deadline for the Internal Revenue Service to provide Trump’s tax returns. White House lawyers reportedly are asking former White House Counsel Don McGahn, a central figure in the Mueller Report’s account of Trump’s obstruction of justice, from complying with a subpoena by the House Judiciary Committee.
The White House also refused to allow an official to testify about the provision of a top-secret security clearance to Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, despite US agencies denying the clearance because of Kushner’s lack of transparency over financial matters and meetings with foreign contacts.
Trump’s declaration of “Total Exoneration” last Thursday, as the White House tried to spin the Mueller Report just before its release, has been replaced by anger as the findings have been considered and disseminated. His approval has given way to insults of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team and their “total bullshit” conclusions.
Trump said yesterday, “I thought after two years we’d be finished with it. No. Now the House goes and starts subpoenas. I say it’s enough.”
He repeated his falsehoid stated that Mueller’s investigation “came up with no obstruction”.
On Twitter, Trump tried to rewrite Constitutional powers: “If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court. Not only are there no ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’, there are no Crimes by me at all.”
The Supreme Court has no Constitutional role in the Congressional process of impeachment. That process does not have to be based on the commission of a crime, but on whether a President abuses the powers of the office, for example, through obstruction of justice.
After concluding that Trump had obstructed or tried to obstruct justice in eight cases, Mueller only declined to recommend a criminal proceeding because the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel advises that a sitting President cannot be indicted.