Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | May 20, 2019) – Executive Privilege and Oversight were debated on Capitol Hill last week when the House Judiciary Committee held a Hearing on these issues following President Trump’s blanket refusal to comply with all House subpoenas, upending the vital U. S. system of checks & balances.
House Judiciary Members questioned a panel of experts who shared insights about the validity of Trump’s defiance of Constitutional norms. Trump has asserted that executive privilege allows for his refusal to comply. GOP loyalists on the Judiciary Committee repeatedly deflected throughout the hearing, making various unrelated statements such as that by Rep Ben Cline (R-VA), “this committee is driven by animosity toward the president,” there are more important issues that Congress should be focused on such as border security.
Four witnesses provided testimony and formed a panel to answer questions posed by Committee members:
- KATE SHAW: Former lawyer in White House Counsel’s Office and current professor at Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law, NYC
- JONATHAN TURLEY: George Washington University, Public Interest Law Professor
- NEIL KINKOPF: Former Special Assistant, Justice Department, Clinton Administration, 1993-1997
- PAUL ROSENZWEIG: Former Homeland Security Deputy Assistant, Secretary for Policy; Senior Fellow, National Security & Cybersecurity
During Representative Hakeem Jeffries’s (D-NY) five minutes, he stated that the House Judiciary Committee had plans to gather information relating to three specific subjects:
- Obstruction of Justice
- Abuse of Power
- Culture of Corruption
Representative Jeffries followed this clear-cut, direct statement, by asking Mr. Rozenzweig, “Do those three independent subjects provide a basis for which we should have a firm foundation to seek this grand jury material?”
Mr. Rozenzweig’s replied, “In my judgement, yes,” going on to explain that, “…this committee has not only a legitimate oversight interest, but one of the highest constitutional” obligations.
By the end of the Executive Privilege House Judiciary Hearing, it became clear that Trump has no legal basis to not comply with the House Oversight requests. That the Trump Administration appears to be intentionally blocking the next steps that were intended to be followed by the House after the release of the Mueller Report, and in so doing is keeping the American public from learning the facts. Mueller’s Report clearly outlines Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. By connecting all the dots in the Mueller Report, the implications is that Trump’s legitimacy is in question.
According to Vanity Fair, upon reading the Mueller Report, 426 former prosecutors found that Trump committed multiple felonies.
The House Judiciary Hearing on Executive Privilege successfully answered the question about whether the various House Committees have the law and the constitution on their side in moving forward with their oversight agenda. Indeed they do.
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