On Wednesday, President Trump railed against what he called “ridiculous” subpoenas from House Democrats, vowing to refuse any further cooperation.
“I say it’s enough,” said the president, who said the White House would be “fighting all the subpoenas” from now on, following the conclusion of the years-long Mueller investigation.
Since his vindication of collusion and obstruction allegations, Trump has taken a stronger stance against Congressional Democrats’ subpoena requests and continued calls for further investigation in recent days.
White House counsel Kellyanne Conway recently speculated that the president may use executive power to end the ongoing probes, stating “Executive privilege is on the table.”
President Trump on Wednesday called House Democrats’ subpoena of former White House Counsel Don McGahn “ridiculous” and said he’ll resist any demands for administration officials to testify in the partisan investigations.
“I say it’s enough,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas.”
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena earlier this week for Mr. McGahn, saying they want to probe his actions in defending the president in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. That investigation found no collusion between the Trump campaign in 2016 and Russian meddling in the election.
Attorney General William P. Barr determined from the report there was no obstruction of justice by the president. But Democrats cite numerous examples in which the president tried to order aides such as Mr. McGahn to either fire Mr. Mueller or otherwise impede the probe.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday that Mr. Trump might invoke executive privilege in the Democratic probes, something he didn’t do in the Mueller investigation.
“Executive privilege is on the table,” she told reporters. “That’s his right. … But we should note that there’s been a great deal of executive cooperation and compliance.”
President Trump has thrown down the gauntlet, and is refusing to comply with any Democrats House subpoenas.
NBC News reported that President Donald Trump on Wednesday excoriated Democrats for probing his finances and his administration and declared, “We’re fighting all the subpoenas.”
“The subpoenas are ridiculous. I have been the most transparent president and administration in the history of our country by far,” Trump said, referring to recent moves by House Democrats. Trump spoke to reporters the South Lawn of the White House before departing for an event on the opioid crisis.
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