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Trump White House Refuses House Judiciary’s Request For Documents In Obstruction Probe

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Trump White House Refuses House Judiciary’s Request For Documents In Obstruction Probe




The White House is refusing to turn over documents requested by the House Judiciary Committee as part of the panel’s investigation into possible obstruction, public corruption and abuses of power by President Trump and members of his inner circle.

“As I have repeatedly made clear, we respect the authority of Congress to make legitimate requests for information to aid it in the task of legislating and will work with the Committee through the constitutionally mandated accommodation process to provide the Committee with information it can properly seek,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday.

“It would greatly advance the first step in that process if the Committee were to narrow the sweeping scope of the requests in the letter and articulate the legislative pu1pose and legal support for each of the disparate requests it wishes to pursue, including by addressing each of the legal deficiencies that I raise in this letter,” Cipollone wrote.



Nadler had requested documents from the White House in early March as part of his committee’s probe into allegations of obstruction, public corruption and abuses of power by President Trump and members of his inner circle.

The documents requested are related to communications between Trump and former White House counsel Don McGahn; the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser; the termination of James Comey as FBI director; the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting; and any discussions about Mueller’s potential firing.

The White House counsel argued that “the appropriate course is for the Committee to discontinue the inquiry discussed in the March 4 letter.”

“As I have repeatedly made clear, we respect the authority of Congress to make legitimate requests for information to aid it in the task of legislating and will work with the Committee through the constitutionally mandated accommodation process to provide the Committee with information it can properly seek,” Cipollone wrote.

“It would greatly advance the first step in that process if the Committee were to narrow the sweeping scope of the requests in the letter and articulate the legislative purpose and legal support for each of the disparate requests it wishes to pursue, including by addressing each of the legal deficiencies that I raise in this letter,” he wrote.


In opening remarks Wednesday morning, Nadler said the White House was trying to impede more than 20 congressional investigations on a range of subjects — including “obstructing” the committee’s own sweeping probe.

“Until recently, no president had stated that his plan across the board would be to fight all oversight of Congress,” Nadler said. “The president is using the powers of his office to impede an investigation into his own alleged misconduct.”





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