The State Department Takes the First Punch

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According to the Palmer Report, Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan is demanding that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explain who told Gordon Sondland not to show up and testify today, and he’s revealed that he’s going to cut off Pompeo’s salary if it doesn’t happen. Pocan is citing the specific section of federal law that allows him to do this, and because he sits on the House Appropriations Committee, he’s in position to make this happen.

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We’ll see how Mike Pompeo, who is already taking heat from all sides, responds to losing his paycheck. While Donald Trump’s previous Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was very wealthy and didn’t need his government salary, Pompeo appears to have no such wealth, and may not be able to pay his bills.

There have long been questions about how the House impeachment inquiry would enforce its subpoenas and punish obstruction. Contempt of Congress powers isn’t all that strong under the law in comparison to say, contempt of court powers. But now that House Democrats are going after Pompeo’s salary, and presumably the salary of anyone in the Trump regime who refuses to cooperate, it’s clear that the enforcement phase has begun.

If this doesn’t work, we expect we’ll see the House move on to arresting people. These moves have to be done in such a manner that the majority of Americans see them as being appropriate. New polling today reveals that 58% of Americans now support the impeachment inquiry, and as those numbers keep rising, the House will have more leverage to do whatever they want to Trump’s non-cooperative people.

Hallelujah, they’re finally using the tools they have that many may think to be extreme, but a president and his cabinet cannot refuse a legal Congressional subpoena and court takes too long. Pocan in his letter referred to “section 713 of Division D of Public Law 116-6 signed by the President earlier this year.”

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Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

And where is the rest of the officials who would like to actually do their own job and to support Rep. Pocan and follow the law-they MUST toughen up or they will look weak, spineless and continue to receive no respect which is how it has been…..

Chris Whitley
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Chris Whitley

Yeah they act like a bunch of pansies. They go on about MS 13. Well this is MS trump. GET OVER IT!

Inzane
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Inzane

It will be interesting to see how long Graham lasts before finally moving to one side so America can see the Orange Emperor really does not wear any clothes.
Until then, like the ostrich he is, his head bobbing up now and then to say how Trump fvbvzd up again, like a parent complaining about his kid forgetting to put down the toilet seat.

Chris Whitley
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Chris Whitley

Go for it. Lock um up!