Trump may aid his own impeachment: Schiff

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"You could fine someone $25,000 a day until they comply and that would probably get their attention".

"The bottom line is we spent $35 million investigating the president", said Paul.

Democrats instead are exploring inherent contempt, a dormant, extrajudicial power to arrest, detain and fine that Congress has not used since the 1930s.

Democrats have confronted the Republican president and his administration for refusing to co-operate with at least six separate congressional investigations of Trump, his turbulent presidency, his family and his business interests.

Trump's stonewalling of congressional probes of his administration does add weight to impeachment, Schiff told ABC.

A Democratic-led House committee on Wednesday approved a measure to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to hand over an unredacted copy of the Mueller report on Russian election interference even as Trump invoked the legal principle of executive privilege to block its disclosure.

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"Much as I like the visual of [throwing people in jail], I think it's far more practical to consider levying individual fines on the person - not the office - until they comply", Schiff said Friday. "We're taking a peek thru the history and studying the law to manufacture particular we're on solid flooring". "That's a big step but, look, if we're going to consider other big steps like impeachment, we have to consider steps like inherent contempt that will allow us to get the information we need".

Republicans have accused Democrats of grandstanding for progressive voters, but even the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the president's son, Donald Trump Jr.

Schiff also said that the House is considering having multiple committees move forward with combined contempt actions in a single vote on the House floor.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) arrives for an address on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2019. Barr's Department of "Justice" claims that it can not indict Trump, all the while preventing Congress from discovering the truth.

According to the Mueller report, Russia's information war on American democracy sought to deepen divisions in our electorate, thereby assisting Donald Trump's electoral bid in 2016.

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