The White House is refusing the House judiciary committee’s request for more documents and ripping the panel’s attempt for a “do over” on the Russian probe.
ABC News reported that “The White House will not participate in the Committee’s ‘investigation’ that brushes aside the conclusions of the Department of Justice after a two-year-long effort in favor of political theater pre-ordained to reach a preconceived and false result,” the letter sent from White House counsel Pat Cipollone reads.
President Trump has vowed not to corporate with any further House Russia probes.
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The White House is rejecting a sweeping request from the House Judiciary Committee for documents, suggesting the panel is attempting a “do-over” of the Russia probe and calling on it to narrow its scope.
“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 Committee 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 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,” Cipollone wrote.
Nadler had requested a trove of 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.