On Wednesday Democrat Congressman John Garamendi declared that he thinks all Trump officials who don’t comply with the House impeachment investigation should be jailed.
Rep. Garamendia (D – California) told CNN that he wants to see the House Sergeant at Arms arrest any official who refuses to comply and throw them in the jail beneath Congress.
“I think that when the witnesses come and they simply refuse to answer questions, I think it’s time to call in the sergeant of arms, march them off to a little jail, which we do happen to have in one of the rooms of the Capitol, and let them sit there and cool off for a while.”
Technically Congress can enforce their own subpoenas by having the sergeant at arms arrest the individual violating them. While the Capitol Hill jail still exists, it has not been used since the 1930’s.
The current sergeant at arms is Paul Irving, the man who is best recognized for introducing the US President when he enters the House of Representatives. Irving has served since 2012.
Technically the sergeant at arms is a non-partisan who can be appointed by the Speaker of the House.
The Democrat Congressman’s declaration is just another example of a radical move made by the current Congress.
Several weeks ago, Congress opened an official impeachment investigation into President Trump searching for any action which could be impeachable. A week later, Pelosi endorsed the investigation while seemingly forcing its scope to focus on recent controversies in Ukraine.
President Trump wrote a scathing letter to Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday saying no members of his Administration would participate in their “partisan” investigation.
Republicans have accused the Democrats of using impeachment for political gains, and some evidence is on their side. Democrat Congressman Al Green famously stated about President Trump:
If we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected.
Regardless of your party, the jailing of White House officials would be a huge move with far-reaching consequences for decades to come.