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Liberals Seeking to Jail Top Trump Administration Officials Face Big Obstacles

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Liberals Seeking to Jail Top Trump Administration Officials Face Big Obstacles
Some congressional Democrats want nothing more than to hand Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (among others) a “GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL” card like the ones you find in the game of Monopoly. But calls to lock them up are unjustified and uncalled for.

Janet Reno, who served as attorney general during the Clinton administration, said in 1999 that “subjecting a senior presidential advisor to the congressional subpoena power would be akin to requiring the President himself to appear before Congress,” something everyone acknowledges that Congress has no authority to do.

The “President and his advisors are absolutely immune from testimonial compulsion by a Congressional committee,” said another Justice Department opinion in 1977, during the Jimmy Carter presidency. This opinion was reaffirmed by the Obama Justice Department in 2014.

No Democrats called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment for that action. In fact, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,—who today is the chair of the House Oversight Committee—criticized the subpoena, claiming that Republicans had not set forth an adequate justification for issuing it.

“We do not simply haul in one of the president’s top advisers at will,” Cummings said in 2014.

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Democrats are engaged in presidential obstruction. They're so desperate to stop the President that they won't help the country.

The President's had enough! Can't blame him. (1/7)
Congress has a legitimate constitutional role to conduct oversight of the executive branch. But that's not what the Democrats are doing.

They're digging into the President's personal life from BEFORE he was a candidate. There can only be one reason to do this: POLITICS. (2/7)
Republicans conducted serious oversight on abuses of gov't power by the Obama-Biden administration:

-IRS targeting conservatives
-Fast & Furious gun-running
-Solyndra and other green companies wasting taxpayer dollars
-Benghazi tragedy
-FBI/DOJ targeting Trump campaign (3/7)
Compare that to what the Democrats are doing. They're going after:

-The President's PERSONAL tax returns
-The President's PERSONAL finances
-The President's PERSONAL business records

It has nothing to do with oversight of the executive branch. (4/7)
Remember, the first thing that @RepCummings did after taking control of the Oversight Committee was to change its name from "Committee on Oversight and GOVERNMENT Reform" to "Committee on Oversight and Reform."

They don't think their oversight should focus on government! (5/7)
The Democrats are so focused on taking down the President that they have secret Memorandums of Understanding to coordinate their partisan investigations.

We've asked them to release those MOUs to the public, but they won't do it. (6/7)
We could work together on the big problems facing America.

We could solve the border crisis, lower the cost of prescription drugs, fix our broken budget, and come to an agreement on infrastructure.

But Democrats are more interested in stopping President Trump. (7/7)