It’s just as if the men and women of the Trump Administration are confirming that the Rep. Adam Schiff impeachment fiasco is a ridiculous and extra-legal effort to put his nose where it really does not belong.
On Monday, four people subpoenaed by the Chair of the House Special Committee on Intelligence more or less told the “lawmaker” they weren’t going to show up to answer questions.
John Eisenberg, the National Security Council’s lawyer; his deputy, Michael Ellis; Robert Blair, a senior adviser to Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney; and Brian McCormack, the associate director for natural resources at the Office of Management and Budget, are all refusing to participate in their scheduled deposition Monday.
What on earth does the associate director for natural resources at the Office of Management and Budget have to dow with Russian collusion, or Ukranian collusion, whichever it is this week? It’s really hard to keep track.
The depositions were supposed to be taken privately, of course. Schiff and his minions don’t do anything in the light of day. No, it’s all done as behind closed doors as possible.
It’s not like they seem to think that the American people have a right to know any of what they are finding out, apparently. It’s really odd since findings in the impeachment proceedings‘ favor would defy the will of the American people, but that doesn’t seem to matter.
In the case of the four refusals, executive privilege is being invoked in at least one case.
In a letter sent to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Sunday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel concluded that high-level presidential advisers like Eisenberg have “absolute immunity” from congressional subpoenas for testimony, CBS News reported.
Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel argued that White House attorney Eisenberg is under no obligation to comply with the subpoena issued by House Democrats conducting the impeachment probe.
“You have asked whether the Committee may compel Mr. Eisenberg to testify,” Engel wrote in the November 3 letter.” We conclude that he is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony in his capacity as a senior adviser to the President.”
Really, no one from the White House should have to tell Schiff a darn thing about the 2016 election. In case he hasn’t noticed, the American people really are not clamoring for him to continue tilting at this particular windmill.