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The Daily BeastSep 19, 2019
In Purgatory: Democrats Hit a Wall in Trump Oversight Efforts
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastEight months since taking power in the House, Democrats have arrived at the most painful phase yet of their oversight of President Trump and his administration: purgatory.

In the face of total stonewalling from the White House, they've been forced to go to court to compel documents and testimony from witnesses that could shed light on Trump's offenses outlined in Robert Mueller's report and beyond. When those witnesses do appear, they claim "executive privilege" to avoid answering questions, forcing Democrats to go to court anyway in hopes of getting a judge to toss out that defense.

Or, in the case of Corey Lewandowski—the former Trump campaign manager who appeared before the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for one of their biggest hearings yet—the witness invokes executive privilege while openly trolling the committee for the ostensible purposes of launching a Senate campaign. 

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