TF 23: Congress's Last Stand
Harry Litman [00:00:07] Welcome back to Talking Feds, a prosecutor's roundtable that brings together prominent former federal officials for a dynamic discussion of the most important legal topics of the day.
Harry Litman [00:00:19] I'm Harry Litman. I'm a former United States Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General and a current Washington Post columnist. We are here in Washington D.C., live, to tape a series of podcast episodes just blocks from the Capitol Dome. All this thanks to our gracious hosts here at Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. And for this episode as well, the American Constitution S-- Constitution Society, the leading progressive organization and network with over 200 lawyer and student chapters nationwide. All this week we're talking about what happens after Mueller. What are the challenges and prospects for our democratic institutions.
Harry Litman [00:01:07] Today we're focused on what happens the day of Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress. Prior to the announcement of Mueller's testimony the House's effort to bring the report to life seemed to be getting nowhere and near checkmated. 13 weeks had passed and the House hadn't succeeded in having a single fact witness testify publicly. Stymied repeatedly by the administration's reflexive, and ultra aggressive policy of interposing dubious defenses that left Congress having to choose between caving and litigating the latter involving significant time. But Mueller is a law-abider and he got a lawful subpoena, and agreed to testify notwithstanding clearly preferring not to.