Because I was under the impression that trying to claim some bogus “privilege” and refusing to answer questions under Congressional subpoena was grounds for contempt … which when practiced repeatedly was itself a basis for calling the Sergeant at Arms to arrest the subject of questioning and detain them till they were willing to comply.
(Just like ICE is doing quasi-regularly with actual citizens as quietly and regularly as they can get away with it, which we need to revisit another day)
Again – just like when I surmised that former federal prosecutors were positing something similar -
I’m not the only one on this particular procedural boat. I do not appear to be out on this floe by myself.
So that whole “will of the people” thing that’s supposed to underlie all the proper Constitutional decisions … that doesn’t not appear to be the driving force behind policy or procedure right now.
Any Parliamentarians in the House? (Literally, as well as figuratively?)
“No wartime consigliere, no nerve” is a simple, perhaps a simplistic, rationale for why this isn’t happening. Possible conflict of interest being hidden from the body politic is another.
(Also – does anybody else notice when the Republicans are doing that loud rambling jumping from topic to toping thing they do – they tend to talk louder and LOUDER and FASTER-AND-FASTER like they really do believe the wall of words is going to cow people who know the law and how things ought to proceed under it into submission? Who else does that? And why are the people who call it out for what it is not being listened to?)
But these Republicans in particular are not playing by Constitutional rules unless they can abuse them to compel something they want from Democrats, and I’m not sure what it will take to pierce through what appears to be a near-universal wall of denial on the part of Democratic “leadership” that this is where we are … so I’m asking the fertile & imaginative minds out there to come up with the formula. Preet Bharara said semi-recently that we didn’t just need to be hearing from politicians and pundits, and that regular citizens regardless of profession had better speak up.
But just that doesn’t seem to be working, so I want to know what else we’ve got.
Asking for a few hundred million American friends.