This will definitely knock her down a few pegs…
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer explained on Wednesday that Democrats are not preparing to arrest members of the administration of President Donald Trump who are not compliant with legislative summonses, disproving a statement that freshmen Rep. Rashida Tlaib previously made her constituents.
“We’ve made a judgment that we want the American people to understand that we are pursuing not arbitrary action, but considered and thoughtful action,” Hoyer told reporters, according to The Washington Examiner. And while he acknowledged that imprisoning White House representatives “sounds appealing,” it is not an initiative that will necessarily be carried out by House Democrats.
“I don’t mean to say that inherent contempt is by definition arbitrary, [but] it may be perceived as arbitrary,” he continued, referring to the oldest of three strategies that Congress can use to enforce subpoenas.
Tlaib has proclaimed that her party would imprison associates of the president in an escalating effort to force members of the White House to cooperate. The move, referred as inherent contempt, is a tool that has not been used since 1935 by the legislature.
“Let me tell you, this is pretty — and this is the last caucus conversation we had. Do you know this is really unprecedented? This is the worst time we’ve ever had a situation like this,” Tlaib said during a town hall earlier in October. “So they’re trying to figure out — no joke — they’re trying to figure out, ‘Well, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them?’ No, no.”
“What are we hoping? I mean, I’m not in those kinds of conversations, but I’m asking, like, you know, what happens? And they’re like, ‘Well, Rashida, we’re trying to figure it out ourselves because this is uncharted territory,’” she continued. “No, I’m telling you that they’re trying to be like, ‘Well, where are we going to put them? Where are we going to hold them?’ No, I mean those are the kinds of things they’re trying to tread carefully.”
The House of Representatives then voted 230-198 in July to pin Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas. While it was only the second time in history that a sitting member of the Cabinet was held in criminal contempt, it was not, as Tlaib claimed, unprecedented — the attorney general of former President Barack Obama, Eric Holder, was held in contempt after refusing to turn over documents related to the gunrunning scandal “Operation Fast and Furious.”
“Let me tell you, Mr. Giuliani will be held accountable to the Congress, as we will hold every other individual,” Hoyer added, referring to Trump’s personal attorney, who only a day earlier officially refused to comply with a congressional subpoena.
Trump responded to Tlaib’s repeated suggestion to jail his allies by referring to the Michigan congresswoman as “a despicable human being.” However Tlaib is best known for her obscene calls to impeach the president. She was reported vowing to go after Trump just hours after being sworn to Congress in January 2018. Referring to the president, the freshman Democrat shouted to a crowd of her supporters that she is going to go in and “impeach the motherf***er.”