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Byrne, Tuberville condemn suggestion that uncooperative Trump staffers could be jailed by Congress

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On Thursday, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, revealed that House Democrats are considering plans to jail Trump staffers who fail to respond to the summons of the impeachment inquiry.

Tlaib suggested that the members of the Trump administration so incarcerated could be held in Detroit awaiting their questioning by the committee and promised to take care of them.
U.S. Senate candidates Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville both condemned the statement by Rep. Tlaib.

“This latest statement from Socialist Squad member Tlaib is just further proof that Democrats have absolutely lost their minds,” Byrne told the Alabama Political Reporter. “None of their dirty tricks are working, so now they are threatening to jail staffers in the Trump Administration and Trump supporters. This is the sad reality with today’s Democrat Party, but I’m confident the American people are going to reject their outrageous agenda.”

Coach Tuberville also said that Congressional Democrats have lost their minds.

“Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party have become beholden to the Socialist left,” Tuberville told APR on Saturday. “These people have completely lost their minds. It’s unfortunate that Doug Jones, our liberal Democratic Senator, want fight back against these crazies-but I will.”

Byrne and Tuberville are both running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Doug Jones.

Tlaib made her comments while addressing constituents at a donuts with Congress event in her district.

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Tlaib said that top Democrats are trying to figure out whether the Washington D.C. police or the U.S. Marshalls would be the ones dispatched to arrest Trump administration officials if they refused to comply with summons to testify before the impeachment inquiry.

“Where do we hold them?” Tlaib said, referring to the Trump administration officials who would be
“But I’m asking, like, ‘What happens?’” she said. “And they’re like, ‘Well Rashida, we’re trying to figure it out ourselves because this is uncharted territory.’”

“They’re trying to be like, ‘Well, where are we going to put them?’” the outspoken freshman congresswoman said. “Those are the kind of things — they’re trying to tread carefully.”

Tlaib said that she is asking the same questions.

“I ask the same questions. ‘Well, what happens when they don’t comply?’” Tlaib continued. “The fact of the matter is, we held Barr and Secretary Ross from Commerce, the secretary of commerce, in contempt.”

“I will tell them, they can hold all of those people in Detroit,” she volunteered. “We’ll take care of them, and make sure they show up to the committee hearings.”

Historically impeachment inquiries are voted on by the full U.S. House of Representatives. In this instance, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) simply spoke this impeachment inquiry into existence on her orders.

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Former George W. Bush political advisor Karl Rover wrote in the ‘Wall Street Journal: “The impeachment process began not with the House voting to authorize an inquiry, as has been done previously, but with Speaker Pelosi simply declaring it is under way. This denied the opposition the right to certain protections and procedures, such as guaranteeing the ability to call witnesses and requiring committee votes on important matters.”

The major party primary will be March 3.

(Original reporting by the Western Journal, Conservative Tribune, and Wall Street Journal contributed to this report.)

Brandon Moseley
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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,297 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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