If an official is subpoenaed by Congress, can they legally disobey Trump's order to ignore that subpoena?
- 10 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.
- Amy OnlyLv 610 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.
- babyboomer1001Lv 710 months ago
It depends. We would need to know more info.
- STEPHENLv 710 months ago
Trump does not have the right to order anyone to break the law.
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- champerLv 710 months ago
Congress trumps Trump. Every time.
- MikeLv 710 months ago
We'll find out shortly.
- linkus86Lv 710 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.
- 10 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.
- TroyLv 610 months ago
They can resign and do whatever they want.
- Elaine MLv 710 months ago
Yes, Congress enforces the laws, the president does not.