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New: Trump's own lawyers suggested earlier this summer that Democrats might be on firmer ground subpoenaing Trump's records if it were part of impeachment proceedings. Pelosi just announced an impeachment investigation — now what? buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
In June, Trump's lawyers tried to distinguish between subpoenas for "legislative" v. "non-legislative" purposes — like impeachment:
"While Congress could presumably use subpoenas to advance these non-legislative powers, the Committee has not invoked them"
Digging deeper into this, it's not clear right now what Pelosi's announcement of an impeachment investigation will mean for the numerous legal fights House Dems are already engaged in to get docs about Trump, his finances, and his administration buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
But Pelosi's impeachment announcement raises the stakes in all of these pending subpoena fights, and almost certainly guarantees more subpoena fights to come — House Dems are just starting to investigate the Trump-Ukraine call buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
Trying to look backwards for guidance on how these subpoena fights might play out within an impeachment investigation only takes you so far — with Clinton and Nixon, a lot depended on who was doing the investigating (independent counsel, grand jury, etc.) buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
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