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On Saturday, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D.) said House Democrats will arrest and detain “any White House officials who resist the impeachment of President Trump.” She made the same claim in the Democratic caucus just days ago.

“If they were to detain someone, where would they go and have them detained so that they can comply with the subpoenas? There have been actual serious conversations about what the logistics would look like…if we did have to force someone through a court order to come before the Congressional committee. This is pretty uncharted territory for many of us and even for Congress,” she said. 

However, despite Tlaib’s public threatens, in early October, Trump said that he nor his administration plans to cooperate with House Democrats’ “constitutionally illegitimate” impeachment inquiry.

In Tlaib’s public mention to arrest and detain any White House official who does not comply with the impeachment inquiry, she made no mention of White House counsel Pat Cipollone’s reasons for not cooperating. Cipollone said that Democrats are attempting to “overturn the results of the 2016 election and influence the outcome of the 2020 contest through their impeachment push.

Cipollone went on to say, “[T]he President cannot allow your constitutionally illegitimate proceedings to distract him and those in the Executive Branch from their work on behalf of the American people.”

News outlets reported Tlaib went on suggest that individuals such as Andy Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross could be jailed as well.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a situation like this. So they’re trying to figure out, no joke, they’re trying to figure out well, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them? We don’t know. Where do we hold them? So I just want you to know I will relay your message, I will tell them they can hold all those people right here in Detroit…”

Despite Tlaib’s public comments and the media reporting on it, Ross and Bar are not currently detained, nor are there plans to hold them in jail.

Tlaib famously started her impeachment language by stating to supporters that she will continue to work to “impeach the motherfu**er,” referring to Trump.

Marissa Martinez is the founder of Strategic Rush, contributor for Accuracy in Media, The Hill, and Republican Strategist for PACs and congressional candidates. @MarissaAlisa

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