The Trump administration has engaged in unprecedented stonewalling in an attempt to subvert Congressional oversight duties enshrined by the Constitution.

The Trump administration has engaged in unprecedented stonewalling in an attempt to subvert Congressional oversight duties enshrined by the Constitution.

President Trump has sued Congress to block their constitutional oversight duties.[1] Following the lawsuit against Congress the President and his family sued 2 banks, Deutsche Bank and Capital One, in an attempt to block them from responding to Congressional subpoenas.[2] The Trump administration is stonewalling Congressional investigations including;

  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin refused to comply to an initial Congressional request deadline last week for the President’s tax returns and requested for more time before he made a decision on whether or not he would comply.[3] Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has decided not to comply and is in violation of the law for refusing to comply to the Congressional request.[4]

Disclosure to Committees of Congress

Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Finance, and Joint Committee on Taxation

Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that anyreturn or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

  • The Oversight committee has decided to hold off on whether or not they will cite the former White House personnel security chief for contempt for failing to appear for questioning over allegations of the administration inappropriately granting security clearances to family members. The White House told the former security chief to ignore Congressional subpoenas. However a date has been set for an interview where the scope of questioning will not be limited.[5]

  • The White House refused a request for Stephen Miller to testify on immigration policy to the House Oversight committee.[6]

  • Attorney General Barr has refused to release the unredacted Mueller report to Congress. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has scheduled a Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress, citing the Justice Department’s failure to provide the full text of the Mueller report.[7]

1) New York Times – Trump and His Businesses Sue House Democrats to Hide Accounting Records

2) NPR – Trump Sues 2 Banks To Block Democrats From Investigating His Finances

3) Roll Call – Mnuchin misses Trump tax returns deadline; asks for more time

4) Cornell Law – 26 U.S. Code § 6103.Confidentiality and disclosure of returns and return information

5) Reuters – House panel to interview ex-White House security clearance chief

6) Fox News – White House declines Cummings’ invitation for Stephen Miller to testify on Trump immigration policies

7) Associated Press – Democrats set to hold Barr in contempt over Mueller report

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