What has been referred to as “stonewalling,” is the reaction taken by the Trump administration in its defiance of congressional subpoenas, according to some legal experts’ views on how disputes between Congress and the executive branch have been going on.
Theoretically, it has been known that “defying congressional subpoenas is a crime punishable by up to 12 months in prison.”
As news reports cover all branches of government, legislative, judicial and executive, is that semblance of “defiance,” about to exhibit the
A new level of hostility evidently has been reached as the White House officials have not only “defied the lawmakers’ demands for access
to a wide range of potentially damaging documents of witnesses and documents.”
Reportedly, President Trump invoked “executive privilege” for the first time in his presidency over the Mueller report in its entirety.
The same aforementioned privilege was described as one to “shield redacted portions and all the underlying evidence, subpoenaed
by the House Judiciary Committee.”
Owing to the decision reached by the president, the Judiciary Committee markedly voted to “recommend that the full House hold Attorney
General William Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over those documents on the Mueller report.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reiterated how he would not comply with House Democrats’ request for Trump’s tax returns although
a 1924 law that explicitly gives lawmakers the power to request any tax returns has been invoked.
The claim of Mnuchin on the specific request “must serve a legitimate legislative purpose,” and his accusation of having “none,” was based on the Democrats’ stipulation which was in full clarity zeroing in on the president’s tax returns.
Reportedly, the Trump family likewise filed lawsuits to keep Deutsche Bank and Capital One on the subject of “complying” with a House
subpoena for “bank records invoking loans to their business.”
What has emerged as so well-known is how the Trump administration gave instructions to former White House counsel Don McGahn, whose
position has been known was to “tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump himself instructed to fire Mueller, and later, to lie about that
The evident stonewalling of Congress by the Trump administration has been profoundly noted by legal analysts who say: “Congress
has a profound interest in robust executive branch oversight.” More legal views referred to the 1924 law cited above in regard to the refusal of
Mnuchin to provide the aforesaid Trump tax returns. Reiterating what the particular 1924 law stated: the Treasury secretary “shall furnish” any
tax return Congress requests — with no qualifications.
Wasn’t it only last year when Americans saw to the election of a Democratic House who, as each candidate emerged from such strong and convincing campaigns, did not avoid to say how one of their motives was to check on a “wayward president?”
Another strong point that the Judiciary committee voted upon was the recommendation that the full House hold Attorney General William
Barr in contempt of Congress in his refusal to turn over the entire Mueller report.
The functions of each department of the country’s government are clear: the executive, legislative and judicial departments are equal.
Not one department exists to be more powerful than each of the three.