2. Trump Admin/Senate oppose pipeline (Nord Stream 2)–it's a huge wedge for Putin against NATO.
Trump/Senate threatened sanctions on mostly Russian companies over it, but construction continues because benefits outweigh costs; empty threats won't sever Trump-Putin ties.
3. An isolated market for US LNG in Ukraine explains the opportunism of today's Rick Perry story, & pretty much anyone in a position to trade on insider access to the White House: Giuliani gets a paycheck from Furman/Parnas, & Trump gets his favors.
1. There are three methods for dealing w/ noncompliance to Congressional subpoenas; each invokes authority from one of three branches of Gov:
1) Inherent Contempt
—Authority of Congress
2) Criminal Contempt
—Authority of Executive
3) Civil Contempt
—Authority of Judiciary
2. The House Judiciary Cmte is pursuing Criminal Contempt.
The Cmte votes today on resolution recommending Pelosi hold a full House chamber vote citing AG Barr w/ Criminal Contempt for noncompliance w/ subpoenas for full unredacted Mueller Report.
(2 U.S.C. § 194 and § 194).
3. Next steps
a) Pelosi schedules full House vote on Barr Contempt citation.
b) If approved, citation is sent to US Attorney for DC, Jessie Liu.
c) Liu decides whether to prosecute her boss, Atty-Gen Barr.
d) If Liu prosecutes, she presents Contempt citation to DC Grand Jury.
—Trump won't declassify Dem Intel memo.
—2nd White House official out (domestic abuse).
—John Kelly asked WH staff to lie abt Porter resignation timeline.
—WH security clearances questioned.
—Rachel Brand (DOJ #3) to resign.