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Pence, Giuliani Defy Congress’ Demands For Documents In Trump Impeachment Inquiry

• On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence and Rudy Giuliani (President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer) said they will not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.
• Also, Pentagon said it won’t comply with the request of the lawmakers for the documents related to Trump’s intention of putting pressure on Ukraine to investigate a political rival, as per Reuters.
• White House's Office of Management and Budget, and Defense Department also refused to comply with the investigation, thus, defying the congressional subpoenas, said officials, according to abcnews. The Office of Management and Budget were asked for the documents related to the delay in aid to Ukraine.
• Such defiance further escalates the standoff between White House and Democratic-led House. Those in favor of Trump argue that the inquiry is not legitimate because Nancy Pelosi (House Speaker) didn’t take a formal vote to initiate the impeachment.
• Democrats, on the other hand, argue that a vote is not required in such a case. Nancy Pelosi, on Tuesday, told reporters that Republicans are attacking the process as they are unable to defend Trump.
• House Democrats are focusing on Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. During the call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden and his son. Joe Biden, the former vice president is also the leading contender for the Democratic nominee in 2020 U.S. presidential elections.
• Giuliani got a wide-ranging subpoena from Democrats, while Pence's office was asked to make available certain documents. Pence's office, in a statement released late Tuesday, said it would only comply with the requests if Congress follows the "regular order of legitimate legislative oversight requests."

Top Left Analysis

Hold them in contempt! 

by Lisa N - October 17

What’s really frustrating is to watch this constant refusal to cooperate to continue unmet by the rule of law!! We have processes in place for these kinds of situations. We have a solution to those unwilling to respond to a Congressional subpoena. This is not the time to walk around that for whatever reasons they have in the past.

A subpoena is not optional. It’s not like going to your neighbor’s house for dinner and changing your mind. It’s an order with many contingencies. The blatant disrespect from both Giuliani & Pence (VP—Mind you!!) is absolutely baffling, and I have my fingers crossed news will follow soon that holds these two men accountable for their blatant refusal to follow the law.

A subpoena is not a parking ticket. Why is ignoring a subpoena a viable option? How has it gotten here? Jail those who are not answering to their subpoenas. The power is there. And it needs to be exercised.

Top Right Analysis

You reap what you sow 

by Don M - October 17

Well, the reason for opposing the subpoena warrants an honest question. Is the inquiry legitimate? Does it have the spread of powers that the House & Congress seem to impose on it? Seems like everyone’s confused, and when you’re under fire the first thing you spring to is self-defense. Though they could be held in “contempt”, we know Congress has a weak enforcement record of doing that. Hope Hicks ignored a Congressional subpoena, as did Annie Donaldson. So did Don McGahn, William Ross, William Barr.

Were any of them held in contempt? Me thinks not. They all seem to be living their lives as they were before. This weak precedent hasn’t set up the branches to appear strong and vindictive in their trial of Trump & Co. If you only enforce law where you see fit, and ignore it in other instances, why should anyone fear or comply with your requests? There’s no legitimacy demanded by these branches and so there’s no legitimate burden on Pence or Giuliani to produce the documents as asked or to testify as a witness. You can’t play “judge” only when you feel like it. The whole “banana republic” trend we’re seeing here is not really Trump’s fault. The Dems haven’t approached a single issue in his presidency with veracity, legality, and consequence, and they’re seeing the repercussions of being so frivolous and partisan. Sorry not sorry. You reap what you sow.

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by Lisa N - October 17

I have to give credit where credit's due. Republicans did a better job at enforcing subpoenas. In the 1990's, Susan MacDougal was imprisoned for 18 months for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena during the Whitewater investigation. I don't understand why we aren't locking Giuliani up.

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