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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IT’S REAL: Four New Jersey Democrats Charged With Election Fraud in Mail-In Ballot Scheme
They’re all Democrats.
Four men, two of whom are Democratic city council members, have been charged with running a voter fraud operation in the town of Paterson, New Jersey.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced charges of mail-in voting fraud, election fraud, and illegal possession of mail-in ballots against Michael Jackson, Alex Mendez, Shelim Khalique, and Abu Rayzen.
Jackson is an active city councilman, while Mendez is a councilman-elect. Khalique is the brother of another Paterson city councilman, and Rayzen is a campaign operative for Khalique’s brother, Shahin Khalique.
The charges allege that Jackson took it upon himself to pick up completed mail-in ballots from voters in the city and delivered them to the Passaic County Board of Elections. Jackson failed to disclose to the board of elections that he delivered ballots for that he’s a city council member, and in one case, a ballot that he picked up that was unsealed was delivered to the election authorities sealed and completed.
Mendez is also accused of the same form of dishonest ballot harvesting, declining to reveal that he was a candidate for office when dropping off mail-in ballots. He’s also charged with falsifying and tampering with records.
Although they’re rarely enforced, New Jersey laws criminalizing election fraud have strict penalties, and it’s possible that the men could face prison sentences of up to ten years if they’re convicted of the second-degree felonies of which they’re charged.
A state investigation into the recent Paterson city election spurred the criminal charges, with AG Grewal revealing that 20% of the ballots filed in the election were fraudulent.
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