Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler, who appears hell-bent on taking down President Donald Trump, is – in the words of the New York Daily News – “rockin’ and rollin’ in campaign cash from the music industry and other intellectual property businesses that he oversees as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a review of recent federal records reveals.”
Nadler reportedly received no less than $65,000 from PACS (political action committees) in the corporate music industry, executives, lobbyists and lawyers, a Daily News search of Nadler’s campaign receipts found. According to the newspaper, Nadler also spent more than $30,000 on a Grammy Awards party in Los Angeles in February.
While no illegality is alleged, any exchange of money and influence – if it happened – is not something with which politicians want to be tarred.
“Congressman Nadler’s record speaks for itself — he has a long history of taking difficult, principled stands, fighting for good government and supporting legislation in the best interest of his constituents and country,” said a statement provided by the campaign.
Undaunted, Nadler continues to make as much noise as he can in an attempt to swing DC politics back in Democrats’ direction. By most accounts, however, he is failing. He recently threatened to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt if he didn’t testify. As the Wall Street Journal insightfully pointed out, “Mr. Nadler insists the point of his subpoena fusillade is to obtain “evidence” as part of his “investigation” into “abuses of power” by Mr. Trump. This is obviously untrue, as evidenced by Mr. Nadler’s dogged, daily efforts to make sure he does not obtain any information of value.”
In the meantime, Nadler continues to invite headlines by aiming invective at Attorney General William Barr. Just two days ago, he announced to the press that he was considering a report recommending that the House of Representatives hold… Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a valid subpoena issued by this Committee.
“This is not a step we take lightly,” Nadler said. “It is the culmination of nearly three months of requests, discussions, and negotiations with the Department of Justice for the complete, unredacted report by Special Counsel Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election, along with the underlying evidence.
“I appreciate the fact that the Department responded to the offer we made to them last week and met with us yesterday in a last minute effort to reach an accommodation. We heard the Department out, we responded to them in good faith, and after all was said and done, we, unfortunately, were still unable to reach agreement, and we proceeded with our markup today.”
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