Elijah Cumstain is high on my list of alleged human beings that I loathe. Cumstain sits in a Congressional “safe” seat set aside for a black Democrat (duly authorized by the Voting Rights Act of 1965):
Maryland’s 7th congressional district elects a representative to the United States House of Representatives every two years. The seat is currently represented by Elijah Cummings (D). It encompasses just over half of Baltimore City, most of the majority African American sections of Baltimore County, and the majority of Howard County. The district was created following the census of 1950, which gave Maryland one additional representative in the House. It has been drawn as a majority-African American district since 1973.
So what did old Cumstain do to piss me off now?
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) says he will consult with lawyers and other committee members about holding Carl Kline, the former White House personnel security director, in contempt of Congress.
Kline, subpoenaed by the committee to appear for a deposition on Tuesday morning, failed to show up.
The White House told the Committee it ordered Kline not to appear, but Cummings said President Trump has not asserted any Constitutional or other privilege that would have relieved Kline of his legal obligation to testify.
“The White House and Mr. Kline now stand in open defiance of a duly authorized congressional subpoena with no assertion of any privilege of any kind by President Trump,” Chairman Cummings said in a statement.
“Based on these actions, it appears that the President believes that the Constitution does not apply to his White House, that he may order officials at will to violate their legal obligations, and that he may obstruct attempts by Congress to conduct oversight. It also appears that the White House believes that it may dictate to Congress — an independent and co-equal branch of government — the scope of its investigations and even the rules by which it conducts them. To date, the White House has refused to produce a single piece of paper or a single witness in any of the Committee’s investigations this entire year.”
The White House earlier told the committee it would not allow Kline to appear unless the White House counsel accompanied him.
Cummings said the White House’s position is “untenable,” and he accused the administration of “stonewalling.”
Kline is accused of retaliating against a whistleblower, Tricia Newbold, who objected to Kline granting security clearances that were flagged as problematic.
The Oversight Committee is investigating security clearances for 25 administration employees, who were granted security clearances or eligibility to access national security information despite recommendations to deny their applications.
In addition to subpoenaing Kline, the committee has demanded “data and adjudication summaries for John Bolton, Michael Flynn, Sebastian Gorka, Jared Kushner, John McEntee, K.T. McFarland, Robert Porter, Robin Townley, and Ivanka Trump”; and documents memorializing the circumstances under which security clearances were granted or denied to, or suspended or revoked from, those same people.
In his April 23 statement, Cummings wrote:
“As the Committee with primary jurisdiction over the Whistleblower Protection Act, we take extremely seriously our responsibility to investigate these allegations and to protect the rights of all whistleblowers who come before Congress. Mr. Kline has a direct and personal legal obligation to comply with this subpoena, and he failed to do so.”
Fuck Cumstain and the rest of the House Democrats. Tell Cumstain to go pound sand up his ass. What are they gonna do, hold Trump in contempt? This is not Congressional Oversight, this is a fishing expedition. Some Deep Staters were holding up security clearances for some to Trump people, then they were granted clearances anyway so the Deep Staters leaked that info to the media.