White House Chief Justice notified the House of Judicial Committee chairman in Wednesday that the Congress has no right to "over-fulfill" the investigation of President Tramp's special lawyer and has abandoned the wide demand for records and testimony from dozens of current and former White House staffers.
Pat Kipollone's White House letter to chairman of the committee, Gerald Nadler (DN.Y.), is a huge deviation – not just Nadler's request for White House records, but also the fact that the Congress investigates Trump's alleged impediment to justice. In his letter, Cipollone repeated the statement that the White House and Trump business began to do: that the Congress was not a law enforcement agency and had no legitimate aim to investigate the issues that it pursues.
privilege. Instead, he told Nadler that he would consider a reduced request if the chairman clarified the legal purpose and legal support for the information he was seeking.
"Congressional investigations are aimed at obtaining information to assist in the assessment of potential legislation, not prosecution. Political opponents or seek unauthorized "enforcement" of comprehensive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Ministry of Justice, "wrote Tsipolone.
Cipollone said that the release of a special lawyer, Robert S. Mueller III, made the Congress question questionable. He emphasized that the investigation was "exhaustive" – a result of 2,800 calls, 500 executed search warrants and 500 interviews with witnesses – and that the president supported the full publication of the report "for the sake of transparency".
Committee to stop the investigation ", – he wrote. "Unfortunately, it seems that you have already decided to continue to duplicate the investigation, including by issuing court sentences, in order to return the same subject that the Special Adviser has already been considering."
The White House represents another escalation of the bitter confrontation between the White House and the House of Democrats. According to an analysis in the Washington Post, Trump and his allies are working to block more than 20 separate investigations of his actions as president, his personal finances and the policies of his administration
. of individuals involved in a broad investigation into whether Trump abused his authority, impeded the administration of justice and engaged in corruption in the state. The letters came from current and former officials, as well as by Trump's executives, as well as by members of the family Trump.
White House people who received requests from the committee include former Donald McGovern White House Advisor, former counselor Stephen K. Bannon, former head of the Hope Hicks division and former Chief of Staff Reynes Priib and current advisor Jared Kouchner, son-in-law of Trump.
Joshua Gelzer, a former official at the Department of Justice, who is currently chairing a constitutional advocacy panel's affirmation of the House that the Congress has no right to information, is a "stunning" lawsuit.
"This is not the peripheral interests of the US Congress," he said. "They are the main supervisors – in the center of our legislative branch, we check our executive power and even simply understand it."
In a letter on Wednesday, Cipollone argued that the request for testimony and records from 81 individuals and agencies was irrelevant and sought to pull out covers at meetings of confidential discussions and sensitive law enforcement, which is generally protected by the privileges of the executive .
But the White House only responds directly to Nadler's letter to the White House. The Office of the White House Advisor stated that his objection concerns current and former officials, whose information, according to their claims, is the technical property of the White House.
"[T] The committee hastened to vote for contempt for failing to ensure 100% and immediate compliance with the judicial procedure, which requires millions of pages of documents from the prosecutor's files," he wrote. "Moreover, the Committee – for the first time in American history – has voted for the General Prosecutor to be sentenced to contempt because he refused to violate the law by passing the materials of a large jury that he can not lawfully disclose."
] Rachael Bade contributed to this report.