Another House Democrat has come out in support of fining or jailing Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for refusing to hand President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to Congress.
While giving a Tuesday interview on MSNBC, Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) — who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee — called on Congress “to use every tool it has available” to obtain the president’s tax returns, which he claims Trump is afraid of releasing to the public.
“I believe that there is no legal advice that will stop the lawlessness and lies of this administration,” said the Texas Democrat. “That is why Congress needs to act firmly now to use every tool it has available to get this information that Trump so fears that the public will see.”
Doggett went on to say that he believed that fining or arresting administration officials under the extreme congressional power of “inherent contempt” would be necessary for obtaining the documents, claiming that the Trump administration was operating under “gang rule.”
“To take action, I believe it’s going to require fines or confinement under our power of inherent contempt to get the information we need and to get all these other people that, under what seems to be gang rule, are told don’t say anything and don’t provide anything.”
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Rep. Lloyd Doggett: "I think that both [Secretary Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Rettig] could be subject to fines or confinement." pic.twitter.com/Awk5Woz2Ye
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 22, 2019
The Democrat congressman was then pressed on who he thought would need to be arrested or fined, to which responded by pointing to Mnuchin and Rettig.
“The subpoena is directed to the IRS commissioner, but Secretary Mnuchin has never let him answer the questions. He responds with all the answers,” Doggett answered before stating that he believed “both of them could be subject to fines or confinement.”
“It’s probably a matter of selecting one of them and moving forward to show how this power of inherent contempt could work,” the Texas congressman added.
Doggett is not the first Democrat to make the extreme call for the arrest of Mnuchin.
As IJR Red previously reported, California Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) also suggested jailing or fining the treasury secretary while appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”
Host Chris Matthews then torched Speier for the statement, lambasting the idea as being “so Venezuela.”