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H.Con.Res. 111: To establish defiance of a congressional subpoena for testimony or documents by the President as an impeachable high crimes and misdemeanor within the meaning of Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution.

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How much power do House Democrats have to compel the administration to turn over documents or testify to Congress?


The Trump Administration has frequently defied congressional subpoenas from House Democrats. Perhaps the two most famous examples have been the Treasury Department refusing a subpoena to hand over President Trump’s tax returns and the Justice Department refusing a subpoena to hand over Robert Mueller’s unredacted report on Russian collusion.

Because what exactly constitutesan impeachable offense is nebulous and subject to interpretation, so far no Trump Administration officials have been impeached just for defying subpoenas, even though there was some support for doing so among Democrats in the last few years. The only impeached administration official so far has been Trump himself, though that was for something else entirely ...

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John Larson

Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 21, 2020
Length: 4 pages
Aug 21, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Aug 21, 2020

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on August 21, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.



Aug 21, 2020

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H.Con.Res. 111 is a concurrent resolution in the United States Congress.

A concurrent resolution is often used for matters that affect the rules of Congress or to express the sentiment of Congress. It must be agreed to by both the House and Senate in identical form but is not signed by the President and does not carry the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Con.Res. 111. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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