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Step by step: Democrats play the long game against Trump


Added 05-17-19 08:22:02pm EST - “First came the sternly worded letters. Then the subpoenas. Now the votes to hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Step by step: Democrats play the long game against Trump”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (AP) - First came the sternly worded letters. Then the subpoenas. Now the votes to hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress.

As House Democrats plod ahead investigating President Donald Trump, against unprecedented stonewalling by the White House, they are pursuing a long-game strategy that’s playing out in the committee rooms, the courthouse and in the court of public opinion. And it’s going to take time.

Some Democrats say the administration’s blockade is leaving them almost no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry - not necessarily to impeach Trump, but as part of a legal strategy to force the administration to comply with their requests for documents and testimony.

“Things are coming to a tipping point,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the Judiciary Committee. “We’re running out of options,” said another on the panel, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla. “I think we’re on the road,” said Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi racheted up the pressure this week when, faced with a 12-page letter from the White House counsel saying Congress had no “legislative purpose” in its investigations, shot back that the purpose could, in fact, be for impeaching the president.

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