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(4,372 posts)
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 01:18 PM Nov 2018

What would happen if Lynch and Comey resist their subpoenas?

I assume they would be held in contempt, but with the Dems taking over in January could they just comply and reduce whatever punishment the GOP doled out? Could the Dems withdraw the subpoenas ? (Sorry if I word this poorly or imprecisely)

Somehow I see these subpoenas as a GOP temper tantrum. Am I missing something?


(10,990 posts)
2. There are Ways to Delay and Run Out the Clock
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 01:21 PM
Nov 2018

Skilled attorneys can find legitimate methods to postpone any hearings until the new House is sworn in. Fortunately, Congress gifts themselves with generous holidays, so the number of days they will actually be in session this time of year is greatly reduced.


(10,217 posts)
16. That depends on the president.
Fri Nov 23, 2018, 07:51 AM
Nov 2018

Congress (like the courts at the Federal level) possess no innate enforcement mechanism; they have to rely on the Executive Branch to enforce anything they set forth or issue.

The only person who was capable of MAKING Rove show up, was Bush.
And that's why he never did.


(99,848 posts)
4. They must go to court to enforce and I'd very well imagine the judge siding with Lynch/Comey re:
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 01:34 PM
Nov 2018

insisting on PUBLIC testimony to be a reasonable compliance offer for the subpoena


(35,454 posts)
5. THe Holidays Are Here
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 01:40 PM
Nov 2018

so it will be slow going in courts if it comes to that. Grandstanding by Badlatte cause there's nothing good about him.


Wellstone ruled

(34,661 posts)
7. They will Run the Clock.
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 02:10 PM
Nov 2018

This is all about the Tea Party Wing of the Rethugs trying to recruit new members. They just do not get it.

Mr. Ected

(9,648 posts)
9. Resisting may be exactly what the Pukes want
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 04:11 PM
Nov 2018

It gives them a recent event to point to when their own REAL criminals are subpoenaed to say, "the Dems refused ours, so we're refusing theirs". Better to ask for a continuance until January and to make the hearings public.


(47,297 posts)
10. The 'pubs are gonna fart fire for the next month.
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 04:19 PM
Nov 2018

Throw water on it. Dodge it. Don't feed 'em fart food. Delay, delay, delay. Sometimes simply turn the lights on and let 'em spew.

Not much more we can do.

(But what we don't dare do is ignore it.)


(110,656 posts)
12. It would give Republicans an excuse when they get a subpoena?
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 08:27 PM
Nov 2018

Well, we are only doing what the Democrats did, they will say...


(8,640 posts)
14. GOP temper tantrum is an accurate way of looking at it.
Fri Nov 23, 2018, 01:16 AM
Nov 2018

Its a laughable request. Very easy to run out the clock using simple excuses and delay tactics with this little time left.


(49,900 posts)
15. As long as the hearings are public, they should testify. Comey, for example, could start laughing
Fri Nov 23, 2018, 07:01 AM
Nov 2018

and wonder aloud how Hillary's presidency is going since he's accused of helping her during the campaign. Lynch, of course, could work in contacts between Trump and Russians or felons or porn stars or indicted buddies.

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