House Democrats eye $25K-a-day contempt fines for Trump officials

House Democrats eye $25K-a-day contempt fines for Trump officials
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[Ed. – Bonus: they’re looking at using “inherent contempt power” to arrest people.  Problem, of course: how to exercise it. The FBI and U.S. Marshals don’t work for Congress. Capitol Police don’t have authority to make arrests except in designated locations.  Presto: Democrats have manufactured a “constitutional crisis” for themselves. They want desperately to compel and arrest, but since it isn’t for a reason that passes the judicial warrant test, they don’t actually have the power to do it.]

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on Friday that House Democrats are considering fines on Trump administration officials in order to enforce contempt actions.

He said Democrats could use Congress’ “inherent contempt power” to try to force officials to obey subpoenas.

“Much as I like the visual of [throwing people in jail], I think it’s far more practical to consider levying individual fines on the person — not the office — until they comply,” Schiff, a frequent target of personal attacks by President Donald Trump, told Axios’ Mike Allen at a Friday morning newsmaker event. “You could fine someone $25,000 a day until they comply. You can do that. We’re looking through the history and studying the law to make sure we’re on solid ground.”

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