More contempt citations ahead for Trump advisers: senior U.S. Democrat ,
Congressional Democrats, faced with blanket opposition to their oversight probes by President Donald Trump,Are considering more contempt citations against administration officials who defy their subpoenas, a leading Democrat said on Friday.
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said lawmakers may bundle numerous contempt citations from different committees into a single resolution that the full House of Representatives could then vote on.
Asked about bundling citations together, the New York Democrat replied: “It’s a great idea. In fact, I suggested it … It just makes sense, to spend as little floor time as possible, to group them together.”
A consolidated contempt vote is among options Democrats are considering in response to Trump’s stonewalling of congressional investigations into his presidency and business investments.
Another option is reviving Congress’s “inherent” contempt authority. Some Democrats say that would allow lawmakers to fine uncooperative officials up to $25,000 per day.
Some Democrats are also calling for impeachment proceedings against recalcitrant Trump Cabinet members.
His committee on Wednesday voted to recommend that the full House bring a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General William Barr for defying a committee subpoena that seeks the unredacted Mueller report and underlying material.
He also reiterated plans to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt if he does not show up to testify before the panel under subpoena on May 21.
“He knows that if he doesn’t testify on the 21st without a court order, which he won’t get, he’ll be subject to a contempt citation,” the chairman said.
Barr has said he has no objection to Mueller testifying. But Trump has tweeted that Mueller should not testify.