A Democratic Congressman warned officials in the administration of President Donald Trump that by not complying with subpoenas, they risk going to prison.
“You know, a subpoena is very serious document. It literally means under penalty if you dont show up, there is a penalty—jailing and fines and that sort of thing,” Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an appearance on CNN on Oct. 9.
“So subpoenas will be received by all of the people that the Congress wants to talk to. They will ignore those subpoenas at their peril.”
“So I imagine that we will eventually get to talk to these people,” Himes added.
Its the second time in recent days that Democratic lawmakers have floated the possibility of Trump administration officials going to prison.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said recently that lawmakers were trying to figure out how to take cabinet members into custody during “the last caucus conversation that we had.”
“This is the first time weve ever had a situation like this,” she said after noting Democrats had met. “So theyre trying to figure out, no joke, theyre trying to figure out: is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them? We dont know. Where do we hold them?”
The White House late Tuesday told House Democrat leaders that the administration wouldnt be cooperating with the impeachment inquiry, calling the probe a violation of “fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process.”
Pat Cipollone, White House counsel, said in the document addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosis (D-Calif.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), that the effort isnt legitimate because it was predicated on a “completely appropriate” phone call Trump had in July with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.