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https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/26/politics/hope-hicks-house-int...

Hicks, like Bannon, refusing to answer questions about her time after the inauguration. The job of Congress is oversight, and I think it's a slap in Congress' face, to ignore answering questions posed, simply because the answers may be inconvenient for the Trump administration. The Committees are run by the Repubs, but it goes against the grain of democracy, to let these willful violations stand.

Thes people should either invoke executive privilege, plead the 5th, or answer all the questions posed, under subpoena, and with the possibility of perjuring themselves. It is an absolute disgrace, that the Republican leaders would NOT call for exactly that. It sets a BAD precedent, for the future, and the ability of Congress to be taken seriously, as an oversight body.
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Re: A distrubing trend in politics
If the collusion investigation goes south this stuff will be the wood the GOP is pilloried on.
 
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Re: A distrubing trend in politics
The House Intelligence Committee is a farce anyway.

Mueller is the only shot at some version of reality.
 
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Just about everything in politics these days is disturbing, use better titles.

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Counterpoint: Congressional hearings are a waste of time and do nothing but give grandstanding time to congresscritters. Eliminate them all.

Putting it another way, I'm not sure I believe Congress' job is oversight.. and even it if is, these hearings have everything to do with politics and nothing to do with oversight.
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They have the option to put them in jail for contempt of congress. And republicans running the committee told democrats on the committee they would use it before the bannon hearing.

But I guess the republicans running the show realize they are so contemptible it would be an unfair charge.
 
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The only worthwhile Congressional hearing:

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maxo-texas wrote:
They have the option to put them in jail for contempt of congress.

nah, they can only turn it over to the DOJ. I doubt Sessions would prosecute for this since he did the same thing to the same committee.
 
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EMBison wrote:
I'm not sure I believe Congress' job is oversight..

I think they do a pretty bad job of it, but if not them, then who?
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but if they find any of them guilty can't we have the whole of the gop charged for treason - ie aiding and abetting the enenemy?
 
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jmilum wrote:
maxo-texas wrote:
They have the option to put them in jail for contempt of congress.

nah, they can only turn it over to the DOJ. I doubt Sessions would prosecute for this since he did the same thing to the same committee.


They can't even do that unless they subpoena the witness first, which Nunes is refusing to even contemplate, let alone put it up for a vote in the committee.

The House Intel Committee has lost all credibility unless you're a massive partisan for the GOP. Nunes has managed to turn it into a spin/fabrication factory and he hasn't even had the guts to review the materials that he's using to lie. It's truly astonishing to see the GOP leadership allow such a critical committee to the security of the country become such a farce. If they came out tomorrow and all said that they had evidence of a country doing something that required a response, who would believe them?
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