Since Democrats took control of the United States House of Representatives in January, various committees have launched multiple inquiries into President Trump’s campaign and his administration. In April, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, Trump declared his administration would refuse to comply with any House investigation, including subpoenaed records and testimony.
Trump sued his own accounting firm and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, asking a federal judge to quash a subpoena for his company’s financial records and asserting that Congress has no right to the information. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta rejected that argument; Trump has appealed.
He’s also tried to keep his former White House counsel Donald McGahn from testifying about what was going on behind the scenes as the investigation into his campaign’s dealings with Russia got started.
This week, Mueller made his first public statement on the report, pointedly saying that government policy meant charging the president with obstruction of justice was “not an option.” His words have further ramped up calls from some for the House to begin impeachment proceedings.
Matthew Levendusky is the Penny and Robert A. Fox Director of the Fels Institute of Government and professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tobias Barrington Wolff is the Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law and a deputy dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.