President Trump attacked Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Twitter Sunday morning after she said in a new interview that House Democrats have discussed jailing allies of the president who refused to comply with congressional subpoenas.
“A despicable human being!” Trump tweeted in a post that also retweeted a false accusation by White House social media director Dan Scavino, claiming Democrats are planning a “coup.”
A despicable human being! https://t.co/3KpgUuRaXU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2019
Tlaib said in an interview with Deadline Detroit that House Democrats have had “serious discussions” about jailing Trump officials through the use of inherent contempt.
She noted that the move would be “uncharted territory” for Congress.
“There have been actual serious conversations about what the logistics would look like… if we did have to force someone through a court order to come before the Congressional committee,” she said. “This is pretty uncharted territory for many of us and even for Congress.”
Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) also floated the idea of inherent contempt on Wednesday, even saying that he thinks “it’s time to call in the sergeant-at-arms and march” off Trump officials and allies who refuse to comply with congressional investigations to “our little jail,” which he added Congress does “happen to have.”
“Let them sit there and cool off for a while,” he also said.
The White House this week issued an eight-page letter declaring that it would not cooperate with the House’s impeachment inquiry.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone accused House Democrats of violating the Constitution by opening an impeachment inquiry into the president over his dealings with Ukraine.