Ocasio-Cortez Threatens Subpoena in Response to Meme Shared by Trump Jr

Lynette PayneDec 08, 2018

The eldest son of President Trump posted the meme Thursday night for his 1.5 million Instagram followers - and Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday in response that he was just trying to distract attention from special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to critics that she personally has no subpoena power, and could therefore not threaten to subpoena Trump Jr.

Newly elected representative and social media lightning rod Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sparked a round of controversy this weekend when she compared the potential cost of Medicare for All to the cost of a supposed "massive accounting fraud" totaling $21 trillion at the Pentagon. Congress as a body, GOP included, has the power.

The first son included the caption, "It's amusing cuz it's true!"

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Captioning the meme, Trump Jr. wrote: "It's amusing cuz it's true!" "Also must be under purview", she said.

The meme displays a photo of the Bronx-born child of Puerto Rican heritage with the caption, "Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy?" with a photo of President Trump underneath with the caption, "Because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them". As of Friday afternoon, the meme has received almost 69,000 likes and 2,800 comments.

"Members... are not to take or withhold any official action on the basis of the campaign contributions or support of the involved individuals, or their partisan affiliation. Members and staff are likewise prohibited from threatening punitive action on the basis of such considerations". "As a lawyer and former prosecutor I find this deeply troubling".

After Twitter cried foul over the "threat", reminding the freshman Congresswoman that wielding Congressional powers to intimidate one's enemies into silence is an ethics violation, if not entirely illegal, Ocasio-Cortez backpedaled, explaining she did not mean she personally wielded the subpoena power.

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