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Rick Perry Subpoenaed In Impeachment Probe, Should Probably Just Cooperate Before It’s Too Late

Just sayin'.

Rick Perry did what virtually no other senior Trump official managed to do – he avoided being swept up in personal scandals or otherwise being sucked into the president’s own legal hell.

Until now. He avoided it until now.

Because thanks to his role in the administration’s various dealings in Ukraine, Rick is now knee-deep in an impeachment inquiry, even as he prepares to resign his post as Energy secretary. On Thursday, he was subpoenaed by House Democrats.

Read more: Trump Set To Throw Rick Perry Under Bus For Ukraine Call

“Recently, public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the President’s stark message to the Ukrainian President”, Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings wrote to Perry, adding that “these reports have also raised significant questions about your efforts to press Ukrainian officials to change the management structure at a Ukrainian state-owned energy company to benefit individuals involved with Rudy Giuliani’s push to get Ukrainian officials to interfere in our 2020 election”.

Over the past two weeks, Democrats have zeroed in on Perry, who stood in for Mike Pence at the inauguration for Ukraine’s President Zelensky, whose call with Trump is at the heart of the impeachment probe.

And it’s not just that.

On Monday, media reports detailed a purported scheme involving a cabal of Republican businessmen who allegedly touted their ties to Trump and Giuliani while attempting to orchestrate a management shakeup at Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state gas company. The idea, sources told AP, was to install new management who would then channel business to allies of Trump. Perry is said to have taken it up, pressuring the country to oust Naftogaz’s supervisory board.

Earlier this year, Giuliani associates (and Trump donors) Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman pitched themselves to Naftogaz as suppliers of US natural gas. The two men were arrested on Wednesday on campaign finance charges. Among other things, they stand accused of attempting to orchestrate the ouster of former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, a central figure in the whistle-blower complaint.

“As God is my witness,” Joe and Hunter Biden didn’t come up, Perry told the Christian Broadcasting Network this week, denying that his conversations with Ukrainian officials ever involved perpetuating Trump’s efforts to secure investigations into political opponents.

Democrats want access to all documents that might shed further light on any of the above.

“The enclosed subpoena demands documents that are necessary for the Committees to examine this sequence of these events and the reasons behind the White House’s decision to withhold critical military assistance to Ukraine that was appropriated by Congress to counter Russian aggression”, Schiff, Engel and Cummings wrote to Perry.

Given that Trump is said to have told top House Republicans that it was Rick’s idea for the White House to take the now infamous call with Zelensky, nobody would blame Perry if he threw Trump under the bus before Trump does it to him.

Just sayin’.

Full letter and schedule

2019-10-10.EEC Engel Schiff to Perry-DOE Joint Cover Letter re Subpoena
Perry Subpoena Schedule-FINAL

3 comments on “Rick Perry Subpoenaed In Impeachment Probe, Should Probably Just Cooperate Before It’s Too Late

  1. mfn says:

    Republicans moving ever closer to their own Night of the Long Knives. Figuratively speaking, of course.

  2. vicissitude says:

    Lock up Rudy, Rick and anyone else that’s in contempt of Congress. In chess, this is called taking material (off the board) take away trumps support group, one by one and play hardball. Will this impact the election next year for either side — who cares, but most of all, how many Americans want the trump mafia causing more chaos?

    Congress’s Contempt Power and the
    Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas:
    Law, History, Practice, and Procedure
    Todd Garvey (Congressional Research Service)
    Legislative Attorney
    May 12, 2017

    https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34097.pdf

    ===> In comparison with the other types of contempt proceedings, inherent contempt has the distinction of not requiring the cooperation or assistance of either the executive or judicial branches. The House or Senate can, on its own, conduct summary proceedings and cite the offender for contempt.

    Furthermore, although the contemnor can seek judicial review by means
    of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, the scope of such review may be relatively limited, compared to the plenary review accorded by the courts in cases of conviction under the criminal contempt statute.

    There are also certain limitations on the inherent contempt process. Although the contemnor can be incarcerated until he agrees to comply with the subpoena, imprisonment may not extend beyond the end of the current session of Congress.91

    {[(91 Watkins v. United States, 354 U.S. 178, 207, n.45 (1957); Anderson, 19 U.S. (6 Wheat.) at 231) John Thomas Watkins, a labor union official from Rock Island, Illinois, was convicted of contempt of Congress, a misdemeanor under 2 U.S.C. § 192, for failing to answer questions posed by members of Congress during a hearing held by a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities on April 29, 1954.]

    The Supreme Court decided 6–1 to overturn Watkins’ conviction. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote for the majority.[2] Warren noted that it is an offense for a witness to refuse to answer any question “pertinent to the question under inquiry” in testifying before a Congressional committee, but he wrote that the Court was unable to ascertain the nature of the Congressional inquiry with reasonable precision:

    There are several sources that can outline the "question under inquiry" in such a way that the rules against vagueness are satisfied. The authorizing resolution, the remarks of the chairman or members of the committee, or even the nature of the proceedings themselves, might sometimes make the topic clear. This case demonstrates, however, that these sources often leave the matter in grave doubt. }

    Moreover, inherent contempt has been described as “unseemly,” cumbersome, time-consuming, and relatively ineffective, especially for a modern Congress with a heavy legislative workload that would be interrupted by a trial at the bar.92 Because of these drawbacks, the inherent contempt process has not been used by either body since 1935.93

    Proceedings under the inherent contempt power might be facilitated, however, if the initial fact-finding and examination of witnesses were to be held before a special committee—which could be directed to submit findings and recommendations to the full body with only the final decision as to guilt being made by the full House or Senate. Although generally the proceedings in inherent contempt cases appear to have been conducted at the bar of the House of Congress involved,94 in at least a few instances proceedings were conducted initially or primarily before a committee, but with the final decision as to whether to hold the person in contempt being made by the full body.95

  3. vicissitude says:

    One more thought on this contempt matter. Earlier today I posted a comment on how trump wasting time on trade war games and his illusion to MAGA sort of runs down the clock for him, i.e., the more time trump spends on making artful deals that seemingly go nowhere, in an up and down and round and round bouncing ball strategy — his results will end up weaker and weaker, both politically and economically. Hence with that as a foundation going forward — add to that, the contempt processes linked to impeachment investigations. Essentially the Democrats can help trump run the clock out and exhaust both trump and the GOP, as they all hang themselves in a stupidity fest. Taking contempt to the next level places lots of pressure on all the criminal chaos and in the process, it takes away re-election oxygen and opens the door as wide as possible for America to make a critical choice — using a whole new set of facts as to who trump is and what the GOP represents. As much as Republicans may hate the notion of Warren, she at least stands out as someone that won’t be as corrupt or stupid as the pile of feces in the WH today.

    Let’s review:

    Run the clock down and wear the bastard down, then kick him while he’s down and don’t let him get up.

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