William Barr made this big move to shut down Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment plans
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats moved on to phase two of their plan to impeach President Trump.
After Robert Mueller’s testimony proved to be a bust, Democrats needed a new front in the impeachment war.
But William Barr made this big move to shut down Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment plans.
Democrats quickly dropped the Russia Collusion Hoax and put all their eggs in the basket of getting their hands on Donald Trump’s private financial records.
Liberals have long pushed conspiracy theories that Trump’s tax returns and other financial documents hold a goldmine of political and legal nuggets the Left can use to impeach the President.
Democrats have floated allegations of money laundering, fraud, and other financial crimes they believe are contained in the President’s records.
A District Court judge upheld the Democrats’ subpoena for the President’s financial records, but Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department appealed to the Circuit Court to stop the Democrats from getting their hands on President Trump’s financial records.
Barr and the DOJ claimed the Democrats had no purpose for their request other than to harass the President.
In a 30-page filing submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Justice Department lawyers argued that efforts by congressional Democrats to access Trump’s financial information — from accounting firm Mazars USA — were impermissible because they lacked a clear “legislative purpose.” It’s the first time the Trump administration has waded into the delicate dispute. Trump’s personal attorneys previously made similar arguments.
“A congressional demand for the President’s personal records raises the specter that members of the Legislative Branch are impermissibly attempting to interfere with or harass the Head of the Executive Branch, or at least that the subpoena will have that effect, especially given the possibility of a multitude of such subpoenas,” DOJ lawyers wrote in a brief signed by Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt, his deputy Hashim Mooppan and attorneys from DOJ’s civil division. “This risk requires a commensurately searching evaluation by the Judicial Branch.”
The input from the Justice Department is a significant escalation in the confrontation between the Trump administration and House Oversight Committee Democrats investigating whether Trump lied about his assets and net worth — an allegation based in part on testimony provided by his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. Democrats say their investigation is aimed at rooting out potential conflicts of interest and corruption, but Trump’s personal attorneys — now with the backing of the Justice Department — have claimed it’s really an effort to indiscriminately cast about for potential illegal conduct by the president.
Democrats know there is no chance the President’s financial records contain any evidence of illegal activity.
But they hope they hold politically embarrassing gossip about charitable contributions or the effective tax rate the President has paid in the past.
That will allow Democrats to leak tidbits from Donald Trump’s tax returns throughout 2020 in hopes of damaging the President’s re-election prospects.