Team Trump says it won't cooperate with House investigations


Presidential counsel Pat Cipollone slammed the renewed inquiries in a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, and said the administration would not assist the committee in any new probe.

Earlier Wednesday, Nadler held a hearing on executive privilege where he revealed that "the White House has attempted to impede over 20 congressional investigations, including by ignoring or failing to provide meaningful responses to dozens of letters requesting information on topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act, to the security of our elections, to the policy of separating children from their parents at the border".

Cipollone also repeated the White House's flawed argument that Congress does not have the authority to perform investigative oversight of the White House, a claim it made broadly on Tuesday in court. Attorney General William Barr and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that Mr. Trump did not obstruct justice, but Democrats believe that Mueller kicked the issue to Congress to decide.

"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 objective 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.

Under the circumstances, the appropriate course is for the Committee to discontinue the inquiry discussed in the March 4 letter.

"It appears that the Committee's inquiry is designed, not to further a legitimate legislative goal, but rather to conduct a pseudo law enforcement investigation on matters that were already subject of the Special Counsel's long-running investigation and are outside the constitutional authority of the legislative branch", Cipollone wrote.

"The Justice Department says they can't hold the president accountable because you can't indict a president and now they are saying 'neither can Congress.' So the president is totally uncountable and above the law".

Refusing House requests for information and testimony from White House staff?

And the White House lawyer indicated that he wouldn't play ball.

A spokesman for Nadler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Democrats are now considering contempt resolutions against other top administration officials and plan to vote on them, possibly all at once, and perhaps in June.

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Nadler on Wednesday said he didn't know the White House's motives, but he would not allow the White House to try to claim that the President can not be held accountable.

Nadler further warned that if the White House continues to not comply with congressional subpoenas, House Democrats will seek to impose "very large" fines on individuals found to be in contempt through the inherent contempt process.