Donald Trump and his administration have a number of different options of how to fight his impeachment inquiry. The strategy that the President chosen, is to not comply with any of congress’ requests.
The Trump team has claimed that the investigation is partisan and they will not, at this time, put administration officials up for interviews. Rep. John Garamendi told CNN that he has a simple solution to this tactic. The California congressman says that officials that refuse to comply should be jailed.
On Tuesday night, Trump lawyer, Pat Cippoline, sent Nancy Pelosi a letter stating:
“Consistent with the duties of the President of the United States, and in particular his obligation to preserve the rights of future occupants of his office, President Trump cannot permit his Administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances.”
CNN host Poppy Harlow asked Garamendi for his thoughts on this position. “With regard for inherent contempt, I’ve been for that all along,” said the congressman. “I think that if they 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.”
Harlow followed up on the congressman’s answer by asking if figures like William Barr and Gordon Sondland should be imprisoned. He answered, “I would use the full power–and among that is this question of inherent rights of the Congress to hold people. I think we ought to be prepared to go all out on this.”
You can watch Garamendi’s interview with Harlow here, courtesy of CNN:
“It's time for us to put a vote on the floor, a resolution for the inquiry structured in such a way that it can move forward with full power of the Congress behind it. I think that's probably going to come in the next week or so,” @RepGaramendi says. https://t.co/wxkM3m0agi pic.twitter.com/TgbrD2DuBJ
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 9, 2019