White House officials defy House subpoenas
Four White House officials were supposed to testify before House committees for the impeachment inquiry this week.
It’s been officially confirmed that all four of them have thumbed their nose at Congress and will not be showing up for their scheduled testimony.
Immune from Testimony
Democrats are going to cry foul, but the fact of the matter is they are overreaching with their authority. According to White House counsel, high-level advisers are immune from being compelled to testify in matters such as this.
The four individuals that were scheduled to testify were: John Eisenberg, National Security Council lawyer, Michael Ellis, Eisenberg’s deputy, Robert Blair, Senior Advisor to Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Brian McCormick, Associate Director for Natural Resources at the Office of Mgmt. & Budget.
Steven Engel, the Assistant Attorney General, informed House Democrats that none of these individuals would be attending the hearings per White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s recommendation.
Cipollone stated all of these individuals have “absolute immunity” from congressional subpoenas.
Still Moving Forward
Democrats are continuing to push this case forward, even without their testimony. Earlier this week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) started the slow drip campaign of making his secret witness testimony semi-public.
Rather than release all of the information in an organized report, Schiff is hoping to poison the public over a longer period of time by doing it piecemeal.
This could all blow back on the Democrats very soon, though, as investigative reporter John Solomon won a Freedom of Information suit and he is making public damning communications that took place during the Obama administration.
These emails and memos show that the administration was very much aware of the problems with Burisma Holdings and Hunter Biden’s role in the Ukrainian company. They also make it clear that Burisma was worried about the corruption allegations being made against the company by Ukraine’s prosecutor at the time.
Those communications took place roughly one month before Joe Biden threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless that prosecutor was terminated, which he was.
If there is any justice in this world, the impeachment proceedings in Congress should quickly turn into an investigation into the corruption in the Obama administration. It should also just about end Joe Biden’s run for the presidency.