Jan 26, 2020

Rep. Lofgren: House Dems surrendered to Trump's stonewalling

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" said Democrats surrendered to President Trump's stonewalling during the House impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: Republicans and Trump's defense team have criticized House Democrats for not allowing the judicial branch to decide on congressional subpoenas.

The exchange:

Host Jake Tapper: "You told senators this week, 'Don't surrender to the president's stonewalling.' What do you say to those who say that's exactly what the House Democrats did by not going to court to try to force subpoenas and force witnesses?"
Lofgren: "We did go to court, as you know."
Tapper: "But you didn't pursue it in court. You ultimately withdrew the cases and went to the Senate."
Lofgren: "Ultimately, we realized we had the evidence we were going to get and that it was sufficient to prove our case."
Tapper: "But didn't you surrender to President Trump's stonewalling in that sense?"
Lofgren: "Well, I guess in that sense we did because if we waited for three or four years, the election would be over. The issue would be almost moot. With the McGahn subpoena — we subpoenaed him last April, and we're not going to get an answer on that probably until next year."

Go deeper: Adam Schiff: GOP "deathly afraid" of impeachment trial witnesses

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A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

George Floyd, 46, moved to Minnesota to improve his life and become his "best self," but instead, he is dead because of Minneapolis police.

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