House Democrats still haven't figured out exactly how they're going to impeach President Donald Trump, but they are apparently taking some time to consider how they can detain Trump administration officials who don't comply with their investigations, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) told the audience at a town hall event in Detroit on Tuesday that the caucus is working through the finer points of who would arrest Trump admin officials and where they might be held.
Let me tell you, this is pretty — and this is the last caucus conversation we had. Do you know this is really unprecedented? This is the worst time we've ever had a situation like this.
So they're trying to figure out — no joke — they're trying to figure out, "Well, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them?" No, no. What are we hoping? I mean, I'm not in those kinds of conversations, but I'm asking, like, you know, what happens? And they're like, "Well, Rashida, we're trying to figure it out ourselves because this is uncharted territory." No, I'm telling you that they're trying to be like, "Well, where are we going to put them? Where are we going to hold them?" No, I mean those are the kinds of things they're trying to tread carefully.
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Tlaib referenced the most recent examples of Trump administration officials being held in criminal contempt. The House voted in July to hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr in contempt for defying congressional subpoenas related to documentation about adding the citizenship question to the census.
Although criminal contempt of Congress is punishable by a $1,000 fine and a jail sentence of one month to one year, a vote to hold an official in contempt is essentially meaningless if the Department of Justice declines to act on it.