Trump will argue that he can spend the bailout money however he wants, no matter what conditions Congress writes into the law.
Brad Miller represented North Carolina in The U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2013. He was chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science Committee from 2007 to 2011 and worked with the House Democratic leadership to develop the legal strategy to enforce subpoenas directed to Bush Administration officials. He is now Of Counsel to the law firm of Guttman, Buschner & Brooks.
Trump will argue whatever is in his immediate interests; Barr has argued for decades against any real congressional oversight of the president.
How serious are House Democrats about oversight of the Trump Administration?
Trump & Co. are laughing at the House Democrats’ subpoena threats today. But the Democrats have powers that could give them the last laugh—if they use them.
The fight between the president and the Congress will be settled in the courts. The right course of action is obvious here. Will the judiciary branch have the integrity to take it?
‘The scope of the power of inquiry,’ the Supreme Court wrote, ‘is as penetrating and far-reaching as the potential power to enact and appropriate under the Constitution.’
They have the long-dormant power to jail anyone who defies congressional subpoenas. It’s time they revived it.