Tlaib: Congress talking logistics about detaining WH officials to ‘force’ compliance – ‘prepared to go all out’

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Again with the talk of locking up members of the Trump administration?

With the Democrat Party fully consumed with trying to impeach President Trump, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., repeated an earlier assertion about putting members of the Trump White House who refuse to participate in the partisan inquiry behind bars.

In an interview with Deadline Detroit, Tlaib said that while it would be “uncharted territory” — see banana republic — Democrats have had “serious discussions” about doing just that for those who defy Congressional subpoenas.

“If they were to detain someone, where would they go and have them detained so that they can comply with the subpoenas?” she said.

“There have been actual serious conversations about what the logistics would look like … if we did have to force someone through a court order to come before the Congressional committee,” Tlaib added. “This is pretty uncharted territory for many of us and even for Congress.”

Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018 and a member of the “squad” of four radical freshman Democrats, has a seat on the House Oversight Committee.

Speaking at a town hall earlier this month, Tlaib told attendees that Democrats are working to figure out how to arrest administration officials who don’t cooperate with subpoenas related to the party’s impeachment inquiry.

According to the hard-left lawmaker, discussions included how to arrest members of the administration and where to put them in jail.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a situation like this,” Tlaib marveled. “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? We don’t know. Where do we hold them?”

Tlaib joked to those at the town hall that Democrats could hold these individuals “right here in Detroit.”

“We’ll take care of them and make sure they show up to the committee hearings,” she said.

Before Tlaib’s remarks are dismissed as coming from the fringe element of the party, she’s not the only Democrat who has publicly voiced the idea of putting people in jail for not cooperating with their effort to remove a sitting president.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., said as much in an interview last week with CNN.

“I think that when the witnesses come and they simply refuse to answer questions, I think it’s time to call in the sergeant at arms, march them off to a little jail, which we do happen to have in one of the rooms of the Capitol, and let them sit there and cool off for a while,” he said.

Asked if Attorney General William Barr, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and former White House lawyer Don McGahn should be jailed for not complying with subpoenas, Garamendi was clear that they should be detained.

“I would use the full power, and among that is this question of inherent rights of the Congress to hold people,” the Democrat said. “I think we ought to be prepared to go all out on this.”

If the Democratic Party’s rogue impeachment effort hasn’t gotten America’s complete attention yet, will a scary process that’s beginning to take on elements of a coup d’etat do the trick?


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