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The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is vowing to press on with the panel’s investigations into Donald Trump, despite a new warning–in writing–by the White House counsel to drop those efforts.
“Today, the White House made the extraordinary demand that the Committee discontinue its inquiry into obstruction of justice, public corruption, and abuses of power, including as set forth in the Mueller Report. We will do no such thing,” committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said Wednesday. “The White House position appears to be that the Justice Department cannot hold the President accountable, since it purportedly cannot indict him. Now it adds the extreme claim that Congress cannot act either, because that would duplicate the Special Counsel’s work. This flies in the face of the American idea that no one is above the law, and I reject it. Our investigation into this as well as other troubling conduct by this Administration will continue.”
White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote Nadler a lengthy letter demanding that the committee end its investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power related to Trump, his administration, associates and business.
“The White House also claims it is willing to cooperate with this Committee while at the same time refusing to work with Congress to produce redacted portions of the Mueller Report, underlying documents and other materials; refusing to provide responses to our requests for information regarding family separation and the decision to not defend the [Affordable Care Act]; and after the President has already declared that he is ‘fighting all the subpoenas,'” Nadler added. “The Committee remains willing to discuss any reasonable accommodations, but accommodation takes two.”