With the release last month of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to the world, in which Mueller declared he and his band of 17 anti-Trump investigators did not find any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, you’d think Democrats would finally give up their battle to impeach the president.
Instead they chose to cling to the one vague part of the special counsel’s report in which Mueller said he could not fully exonerate (nor could he charge) the President of the charge of obstruction of justice.
Since mid-April, when the Mueller report was released, calls from Congressional Democrats have been building to move forward with impeachment.
What they probably didn’t expect was to run into a President who refused to be intimidated or to roll over. President Trump has refused to cooperate with their demands made in numerous congressional probes of himself and his administration. His defiant stance will no doubt result in a court showdown with his detractors that lasts up to and beyond the 2020 presidential election.
This will hardly be the last showdown President Trump engages in with Democrats. At every turn the two butt heads. Here are ten other showdowns President Trump will facing this year.
The Mueller Report
Democrats are busy trying to force Attorney General William Barr to explain his decision to present Congress and voters with a redacted report. AG Barr refused to comply with Democrats subpoena, claiming an unredacted report would reveal grand jury information, intelligence sources and open them both up to public ridicule and harassment.
The AG’s refusal to comply with their wanton demands led to a House Judiciary Committee vote, split down party lines, to cite Barr for contempt.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Dem-CA) has also subpoenaed Barr for Mueller-related documents. When Barr ignored the subpoena, Schiff told reporters the committee is planning to take “enforcement action.”
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (Dem. – NY) is threatening to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt but the Whitehouse has directed McGahn to refuse to testify a second time in response to the subpoena.
It’s curious that Democrats aren’t interested in finding out the truth, otherwise they would have subpoenaed Mueller. The fact that they haven’t and have instead focused on AG Barr, Don McGahn, and others shows they just want to tie the President’s hands further and get under his skin.
Trump has filed an unprecedented lawsuit to prevent U.S. lawmakers from obtaining his financial records. Those records are held by Mazars LLP, Trump’s long-time accounting firm.
Unfortunately, President Trump lost the first round in this court battle. An Obama era judge ruled that Congress does have the power to subpoena any American’s financial records—including the President’s. The President’s legal team has vowed to appeal the ruling, but it’s not looking good for Trump in this battle.
Citizenship and Census
The Justice Department is refusing an Oversight Committee’s request for an interview with John Gore. Gore is the lead official involved in the decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census.
The White House has a request from the House Oversight Committee for White House aide Stephen Miller to testify. Miller is the youngest advisor in the White House and he is widely credited with crafting the President’s immigration plan that was rolled out last week. The plan would end chain migration and implement a merit system to grant visas to immigrants.
The FBI Headquarters
Congressional Democrats are poised for a fight over what they say is Trump’s slow response to their request for documents about his abandonment of plans to move FBI headquarters to a new site.
The President has sued to block Congressional subpoenas for his financial records sent to Capital One Financial and Deutsche Bank AG, banks he did business before taking office.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defied a subpoena last Friday from the head of the House Tax Committee. That Democrat-led committee is seeking six years of Trump’s past business and individual tax returns.
In a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (Dem. — MA), Manchin stated his refusal to comply. He is quoted as saying: “We are unable to provide the requested information in response to the committee’s subpoena.”
Though party heads seem to be backing down from last week’s raucous calls by Congressional Democrats to impeach President Trump over findings in the Mueller report, impeachment promises to be a bone Democrats—especially ones in the House where they have the majority—refuse to give up.
Trump has promised to fight any effort Congressional Democrats take to begin impeachment proceedings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi justified her reluctance to press for impeachment at a press conference, calling it “the easy way out.”
Pelosi knows that impeachment is a waste of time and valuable resources. Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview, “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.
He added, “ It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country.”
Just before his inauguration, Trump said, “We’re going to go down one of two tracks. We’re either going to start the campaign and they’re going to do presidential harassment. Or we’re going to get tremendous amounts of legislation passed working together.”
No matter what happens, Trump has made it plain he’ll fight every battle tooth and nail.