Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at her weekly news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Might sixteen, 2019. Pelosi says the U.S. must avoid conflict with Iran, and she or he says the White Home has “no enterprise” shifting towards a Middle East confrontation with out approval from Congress.
First got here the sternly worded letters. Then the subpoenas. Now the votes to carry Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress.
As House Democrats plod ahead investigating President Donald Trump, towards unprecedented stonewalling by the White Home, they’re pursuing an extended-recreation strategy that is enjoying out within the committee rooms, the courthouse and in the courtroom of public opinion. And it will take time.
Some Democrats say the administration’s blockade is leaving them virtually no selection but to open an impeachment inquiry — not necessarily to question Trump, but as part of a authorized strategy to drive the administration to comply with their requests for documents and testimony.
“Things are coming to a tipping level,” stated Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the Judiciary Committee. “We’re operating out of choices,” stated one other on the panel, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla. “I feel we’re on the street,” stated Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi racheted up the strain this week when, confronted with a 12-page letter from the White Home counsel saying Congress had no “legislative function” in its investigations, shot back that the aim…