“You can’t make this stuff up… The Justice Department, in resisting House subpoenas, is in court TODAY and was asked: If Congress can’t come to the court to enforce subpoenas… what remedy is there?
— House Intelligence Committee (@HouseIntel) January 30, 2020
Well, there you go then.
Courtesy of CNN:
A Justice Department lawyer said Thursday in federal court that the House can impeach a president over ignored subpoenas, a noted contrast to what lawyers for President Donald Trump are arguing at his Senate impeachment trial this week.
Asked by a federal judge what the House can do to enforce its subpoenas, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham said without hesitation that the House can use its impeachment powers, among other options, like withholding appropriations.
A few hours later, lead Democratic House manager Adam Schiff mentioned Burnham’s assertion during Trump’s impeachment trial.
“In the category of you can’t make this stuff up,” Schiff said on the Senate floor. “The judge says if the Congress can’t enforce its subpoenas in court, then what remedy is there? And the Justice Department lawyer’s response is impeachment.”
Eliciting laughter from the senators, Schiff, a California Democrat, continued, “You can’t make this up. I mean, what more evidence do we need of the bad faith of this effort to cover up?”
You really can’t make this stuff up.
And I am just slack jawed that we are watching it all happen in real life right before our eyes.