In an interview with Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) brought up the authoritarian idea of arresting all of the members of President Donald J. Trump’s administration.
“Well, let me just say that we, do have a jail down in the basement of the Capitol,” she said. “But if we were arresting all of the people in the administration we would have overcrowded jail situation, and I’m not for that.”
She was responding to a question by Costa about whether Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin could be held in contempt or arrested for refusing to hand over Trump’s tax returns to House Democrats, which Mnuchin claimed would violate the law since it does not serve a “legitimate legislative purpose.”
“But I think again, getting to the committee, Richie Neal, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, he has a path — again all of this is so low and precedent-based to do the right thing as we go forward,” Pelosi continued. “And there are several options. One of them is to go directly to court.”
Democrats have been badgering members of the Trump administration – including Mnuchin and Attorney General William P. Barr – ever since Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller submitted his report clearing Trump of wrongdoing during the 2016 election. Wednesday, Democrats in the House voted to hold Barr in contempt for failure to testify before the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the findings of the Mueller report.
Barr has already made the report public, and testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he endured a day of flagrant abuse from the likes of leftist Senators, including Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).
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