Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) of the House Ways and Means committee called for Steve Mnuchin to be jailed if he doesn’t hand over Trump’s tax returns.
Mnuchin could go to jail if he doesn’t turn over Trump’s tax returns
Pascrell said on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, “I believe that the Justice Department should first fine the two persons that we’re talking about, Mr. Mnuchin and Mr. Rettig. And I would increase the penalties. And by the way, if they say no all the way, then I’d put them in jail all the way. That’s the law of the land. I don’t want to act as judge and jury here, which the trump administration has done many times on. But I’ll tell you what the law is. The law is on our side. And I can’t wait.”
Calls are growing for Trump officials to be jailed
Over the weekend, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) called for the jailing of Trump administration officials who are stonewalling investigations, ““We should consider the power of inherent contempt, an old doctrine that allows the Congress itself to issue a summons, arrest warrant to an official and demand they appear at a congressional hearing, be subject to fines, to jail time. I think we ought to explore contracting with area correctional institutions, provide additional support to the sergeant in arms, so the White House knows we’re serious.”
House Democrats are running out of patience. The calls are getting louder from the Democratic caucus for stronger action to be taken. Fines are a good first step because we all know that Trump won’t actually pay the fines of those who are covering for him. Democrats are building a strong case against this administration for widespread obstruction.
In order to get this administration to comply, Democrats will either need to win court cases or take action like the Congress members are suggesting.
It might be necessary for Democrats to lock them up.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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