Hush money payments allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, the security clearance for President Trump’s son-in-law, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, these are some of the controversies being investigated by congressional Democrats. On Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler threatened to subpoena Attorney General William Barr if he refuses to testify this Thursday about the Mueller report. The administration says it disagrees with the format of the questioning. It’s the House wanting to have staff and others interview. Turning General Barr is really outrageous the way they’re behaving. Democrats have already subpoenaed several officials, including former White House Counsel Don McGahn who threatened to resign rather than carry out Trump’s 2017 order to fire Mueller. Trump says he will fight all subpoenas.
I have been the most transparent president and administration in the history of our country by far. Although there is debate on whether some testimony should be made public, most constitutional scholars agree the president has no legal basis to refuse to respond to Congress. In fact, that, in and out of itself, is an independent reason potentially to impeach a president, because then he wouldn’t be following the Take Care Clause of the Constitution under which the executive has to take care that laws are faithfully executed. Polls show most Americans oppose impeachment. After the release of the Mueller report, Trump has threatened to take Democrats to the Supreme Court if they impeach him. The move is questioned legally, but the rhetoric may be effective politically.
Most of us don’t read those kinds of documents every day, and don’t understand the kinds of arguments, and frankly, evidence standards that are in them, so to repeat a conclusion that’s as simple as no collusion over and over again has been effective. Meanwhile, Trump’s personal attorneys have sued House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah E. Cummings, a Democrat for issuing a subpoena seeking Trump’s personal financial records. The administration is also denying requests from Democrats to hand over Trump’s tax returns and is refusing to comply with subpoenas in the investigation of the controversial decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Patsy Widakuswara, VOA News at the White House.
1. On Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler threatened to subpoena Attorney General William Barr
threaten to do sth 威胁说要做某事
Several giant dam projects threaten to do more harm than good.
2.and is refusing to comply with subpoenas in the investigation of the controversial decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
comply with 合规，遵守
The Permit Holder shall comply with all conditions of this Permit.
我和我的政府是美国历史上目前为止最透明的总统和政府 。虽然有人在讨论证词应该公开的事情，但大多数宪法学者都认同一点，那就是特朗普总统没有法律依据，所以特朗普不能拒绝国会要求的响应 。因为这一点无论怎么看都是一个独立的原因，一个可能弹劾总统的原因，因为如果特朗普抵制传唤，那他就违背了宪法的保护条款 。而根据宪法的保护条款，总统必须确保法律得到忠实的执行 。民意调查显示，大多数美国人都反对弹劾特朗普 。在穆勒报告发布后，特朗普曾威胁要与民主党对簿公堂，让最高法院做主，除非民主党同意不弹劾他 。此举受到了法律上的质疑，不过他的言论还有政治上的效力的 。
我们大多数人都不会每天去阅读这样的文件，所以也就不能理解里面的论点，以及里面的证据标准 。所以只要反复重复没有通俄的结论就很有效果 。与此同时，特朗普的私人律师们已经起诉了众议院监督委员会主席卡明斯，此人是一名民主党议员 。起诉他的理由是通过传唤的方式来获取特朗普的个人财务记录 。特朗普政府还拒绝了民主党其他的一些请求，比如交出特朗普的纳税申报单，而且还拒绝配合某调查过程中的传唤需求 。该调查是针对一次备受争议的决议，该决议就是给2020年的人口普查增加一个有关公民身份的问题 。
感谢收听Patsy Widakuswara从白宫发回的报道 。