If an official is subpoenaed by Congress, can they legally disobey Trump's order to ignore that subpoena?

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  • 2 months ago

    Only Republicans would have to answer, Democrats can ignore whatever they like. Eric Holder became the 1st A.G. to be held in contempt of Congress, no harm, no foul. Hillary had 33,000 emails subpoenaed and then subsequently gave Congress the finger and destroyed them all. Hillary's I.T. guy who set up the illegal server was issued a subpoena, never showed up - no harm, no foul. If a Republican had done those same things, it would suddenly become serious. Without a vote on impeachment, there is no impeachment - just an "inquiry" with no legal teeth and the Democrats know that as well as anyone.

  • 2 months ago

    Until congress has an official vote on opening a legal investigation, they are not actually subpoenas, although the press continues to refer to requests as such.  They are non-legally binding requests.  Period.

  • 2 months ago

    It depends. We would need to know more info.

  • 2 months ago

    Trump does not have the right to order anyone to break the law.

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  • 2 months ago

    Congress trumps Trump. Every time.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    We'll find out shortly.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes and no. The person who ignores the subpoena can be legally arrested. But chances are the Democrats will just use Trump's efforts to block testimony as evidence of another article of impeachment.

  • 2 months ago

    If I recall correctly, those subpeonaed may provide testimony according to limits of their role and not release info that is retained under contract. They may be present but not required to answer external to their limitations. Trump may not attempt to alter the terms detailed in their role. Requests for information by a party or parties unapproved would require not entertaining kf the questioning. No right to info or disclosure, but they may respond to the request to be present via subpeona. Under private contract laws, gov roles may not be circumvented.

  • Troy
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    They can resign and do whatever they want.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, Congress enforces the laws, the president does not.

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