Fines, jail time? Dems digging in as Trump resists oversight

Fines, jail time? Dems digging in as Trump resists oversight
Whether fact or folklore, this small space in the basement of the Capitol with steel bars is sometimes referred to as the old "House jail," but it used today to protect the cherished Lincoln Catafalque, the pedestal for caskets used during state funerals, in Washington, Friday, May 3, 2019. When William Barr refused to appear before the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., suggested a stay in the House "jail" for the recalcitrant attorney general. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines.

All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force the White House to comply with Democratic lawmakers’ request for information about President Donald Trump stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

This is the remarkable state of affairs between the executive and legislative branches as Democrats try to break through Trump’s blockade of investigations.

And it’s testing the system of checks and balances as the standoff deepens in the aftermath of Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Democrats are considering their next steps. But Trump, who derides the oversight as “presidential harassment,” has the backing of most Republicans in Congress as he tries to bring closure to what he calls a “witch hunt.”