Former Dem Rep, predicts impeachment, House Oversight to hold AG Barr and...

Former Dem Rep, predicts impeachment, House Oversight to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt, House Judiciary to hold anti-trust hearings on big tech

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Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, focusing on Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, 2018. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: Former Rep. Jason Altmire said he thinks it is likely House Democrats will try to impeach President Donald Trump.)

CAPITOL HILL– That was former Democratic Representative Jason Altmire from Pennsylvania predicting to TMN how Democrats in the House will proceed after Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III said in a press briefing last week that President Donald Trump will not be charged with obstruction because of Justice Department guidelines prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president. Since the briefing, more than 50 House Democrats have called for impeachment.

In other news, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings sent letters to Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross informing them that the committee will “hold them in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with bipartisan subpoenas issued more than two months ago for documents relating to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.”

In his letter to AG Barr, Rep. Cummings refers to recently unearthed documents left on hard drives by a deceased Republican gerrymandering expert, Thomas Hofeller, saying that a citizenship question on the census “would be advantageous to Republicans and Non­ Hispanic Whites.”

Cummings also invoked Trump’s statement declaring, “We’re fighting all the subpoenas.” Cummings continued, “The subpoenas in this investigation were adopted on a bipartisan basis, and this investigation has nothing to do with Russia.”

Looking forward, the House Judiciary Committee announced a “top-to-bottom” antitrust investigation of the tech industry, including Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG).

Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI), writes that the committee needs to “determine whether existing laws are adequate to tackle abusive conduct by platform gatekeepers or if we need new legislation.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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