Democratic House Representative Eric Swalwell made an appearance on Rachel Maddow’s flaming liberal show Tuesday, and got progressives all fired up over the prospect of impeaching both Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Democrats are frantic to impeach someone, and do it fast! They aren’t the least bit concerned that the law doesn’t back them up.
Ever since President Donald Trump gave his Attorney General the green light to investigate the FBI investigators who cooked up the entire Russia Collusion witch-hunt — in what eventually became an attempt to overthrow a sitting American president — they have been running in circles trying to figure out a way to stop it.
Swalwell thinks he has grounds for impeachment because President Trump’s Attorney General won’t cough up an unredacted version of Robert Mueller’s final report. The Treasury Secretary is in the cross-hairs because he won’t turn over President Trump’s tax returns. Democrats would love to go through them with a fine tooth comb looking for the smallest irregularity that they can turn against the president.
There is only one little problem with their scheme, the law isn’t on their side.
Secretary Mnuchin told Bloomberg news recently that complying with the Democrat’s demands would be “unlawful,” no matter what a leaked “confidential IRS draft memo” says. Mnuchin told the House Financial Services Committee:
“If I had turned them over, I would have been violating the law.”
The leaked memo has been passed all over Washington by Democrats because it claims “Treasury had no choice but to turn over the documents, unless Trump wanted to assert executive privilege.”
Mnuchin says their reasoning simply doesn’t apply because there was a different reason why he was told not to release the information.
As Bloomberg relates, “Mnuchin said he relied on advice from the Justice Department, which told him Neal’s request overstepped Congress’s constitutional powers to investigate.”
Not only that, the memo wasn’t even finished yet. “There’s no smoking gun here.” Mnuchin insists.
In the Case of Attorney General Barr, there’s one simple reason not to comply with the Democrat’s subpoena, It asks for way too much. Even Democrats admit that, assistant AG Stephen Boyd points out.
“even the committee now appears to acknowledge [the subpoena] was overbroad in seeking immediate disclosure of the entirety of the special counsel’s investigative files.”
It’s back to the drawing board for Democrats. If you want to see how the fireworks went on Maddow’s show, you can view it here.