California Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) was torched by MSNBC host Chris Matthews after she claimed that Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin could be jailed for not handing over President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.
While appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Tuesday, Matthews pressed Speier, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, on how Democrats would make the constitutional “remedies” allowing the House to arrest Mnuchin for not complying with the Ways and Means Committee’s request for the president’s taxes “work.”
Speier responded by saying that the policies were “there for a reason” and that Congress “had that authority” to do so if they chose to.
She then said that they could bring Mnuchin onto the House floor for trial or to “fine” him. She added that while she did not know if the House would put the treasury secretary “behind bars,” there were other “places in the Capitol someone could be held.”
“They’re there for a reason. Now, they haven’t been used since the 1930s, but we do have that authority…. I think we can call him to the House floor where he can be tried, he can be fined.
I don’t know if we would put him behind bars but there are places in the Capitol where someone could be held.”
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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews roasts Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on air for claiming Trump is going to be jailed for not releasing his tax returns:
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“This is so clear in the Constitution,” Speier began to add before being cut off by Matthews sweeping the metaphorical leg by comparing her statement to something that would happen under Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro.
“This is so Venezuela, congresswoman,” blasted Matthews as Speier objected. “This seems like something down there.”
Matthews went on to ask Speier if there was a “real possibility, plausibly” that Congress would arrest Mnuchin, to which the California Democrat said she “think[s] it could happen.”
Speier’s comments came a day after her Democratic colleague in the House, New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-N.J.), threatened to “fine or jail” Mnuchin if he does not comply with the House Ways and Means Committee’s request for the president’s tax returns on Monday.
As IJR News reported, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) issued a subpoena for the president’s tax returns on Friday, setting the deadline to turn them over for Friday, May 17 at 5 P.M.