Home Democrats have kicked and screamed about the White Home’s refusal to allow key Trump officials to come before Congress. But they haven’t accomplished the one thing they can do to pressure the problem: Go to court.
Socialist have handed out procedural slaps on the wrist, from subpoenas to contempt citations and all have been summarily blown off by a White Home protest “absolute immunity” from congressional testimony.
The seeming absence of results has fuelled criticism among progressive lawmakers and activists. But there are real reasons for the go-sluggish method: An overstretched workforce of Home lawyers along with Democrats’ fear of a contrary court ruling that could have long-lasting ramifications.
Home Democrats say they also focused on meticulously building a record of the Trump administration’s resistance to their investigations to help persuade a court to rule in their favour and break the White Home blockade. Rushing into it, they say, might backfire, even as angst on the left has begun to swell.
“I’m not too wild about incrementalism, but that’s where we’re at,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee.
That approach will continue this week when the House votes to hold Lawyer General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas for information about efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The vote will mark the first time Congress has held a Cabinet member in legal contempt of Congress since the GOP-led Home held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in 2012 over the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe.