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Why Trump's Stonewalling Legal Strategy Will Keep Failing

Posted On: May 26, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Why Trump's Stonewalling Legal Strategy Will Keep Failing

In the space of three days this week, two federal judges ruled decisively in favor of Congress' right to subpoena President Trump's personal financial and business records. The speed of the decisions-unusual in complex federal litigation-demonstrates a significant flaw in the administration's “fight all the subpoenas” strategy. More importantly, it suggests that Trump's strategy of categorically fighting all Congressional subpoenas will undermine his ability to stonewall Congress in subsequent cases. Already, one of the rulings has been appealed by the Trump administration and the three-judge panel is scheduled to hear the case in July. In the meantime, however, we are witnessing profound legal decisions in defense of Congressional power. If Trump's stonewalling strategy was intended to run out the clock by forcing Democrats into interminable court fights, it appears so far to be having the exact opposite effect-almost like a little league game that gets called early because one team is scoring too many...

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