Nadler issues subpoena over alleged joke Trump made in closed-door meeting

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler and his House Judiciary Committee are busy putting American tax dollars to work with the latest investigation into President Trump’s jokes.

The New York Democrat and chair of the committee issued a subpoena to the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday for documents connected with the alleged comments the president made months ago in a closed-door meeting, reportedly offering pardons to officials who broke the law while carrying out the administration’s immigration policies.

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In meetings between Trump and DHS officials back in March and April, the president reportedly told acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan that he would pardon him if he broke the law by denying migrants the ability to apply for asylum. A Washington Post report last month claimed that Trump offered pardons to aides who might break federal law by moving ahead with building the border wall.

Documents requested in the subpoena include “any legal opinion, guidance or memoranda referring or relating to the issuance of pardons” of DHS officials, “including but not limited to the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws or the construction” of the border wall.

Democrats are demanding to see documents and records from inside of the DHS despite the president’s denial of ever making the comments and his allies dismissing the remarks as a joke.

“The Framers did not envision the use of the presidential pardon power to encourage criminal acts at the president’s direction,” Nadler said in a statement. “As the committee continues its investigation into whether to recommend articles of impeachment, it is imperative that we are able to obtain information about ongoing presidential misconduct and abuses of power.”

The Judiciary Committee chair also indicated that in the panel’s ongoing probe of Trump’s possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power, in the months to come there will also be hearings held on the issue of presidential pardons.

McAleenan has until Sept. 17 to turn over the requested documents related to the meetings, the same deadline as other subpoenas for congressional testimonies from former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former Trump officials Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter.

Meanwhile, Democrats continue the harassment of the president with ongoing investigations.

Nadler thrilled Democrats when announcing earlier this month that the committee is conducting “formal impeachment proceedings” against Trump, even though he is not authorized to do so. The House must approve a formal Judiciary Committee impeachment with a vote which has not taken place.

“This is formal impeachment proceedings,” Nadler told CNN. “We are investigating all the evidence, we’re gathering the evidence and we will reach conclusion of this, hopefully by the end of the year, vote to, vote articles of impeachment to the House floor or we won’t. That’s a decision that we’ll have to make. But that — that’s exactly the process we’re in right now.”

Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, called out Nadler after his announcement.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly indicated her opposition to impeachment, but it has apparently not discouraged some in the Democratic caucus, including Nadler who is also reportedly looking into alleged “hush money” payments made by Trump to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal during the 2016 election campaign, before he even took office.


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