Trump’s WH Counsel Issues Blistering Letter To Democrats To Push Back Impeachment

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The pundits who have said that Donald Trump is scared spitless of impeachment proceedings are undoubtedly right, because the White House is going to every length possible to stall, deflect, obfuscate, and yes, obstruct. The latest salvo from the administration is a scorching letter to Congress, saying the White House refuses to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry, calling it a “constitutionally invalid” investigation of a duly elected president. The Hill:

“Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the executive branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the three House committee chairmen leading the impeachment inquiry.

President Trump cannot permit his administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances.” […]

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, also said Tuesday that he would not testify before the House Intelligence Committee in defiance of a subpoena, echoing the administration’s argument that the impeachment inquiry is illegitimate.

The battleground now is the floor of the House of Representatives. The GOP is arguing that the inquiry is invalid, minus a House floor vote, and the Democrats are arguing that the committees bringing the inquiry already have the full authority that they need to conduct an impeachment inquiry. This is the next move on the chess board.

Trump and his GOP allies argue the inquiry is invalid unless the House takes a floor vote to authorize it, as was done with the inquiries into former Presidents Nixon and Clinton.

Republicans also want a vote because it would put vulnerable Democrats on the record supporting an impeachment inquiry, and because they want equal subpoena power as had been granted in the past.

“In the history of our nation, the House of Representatives has never attempted to launch an impeachment inquiry against the president without a majority of the House taking political accountability for that decision by voting to authorize such a dramatic constitutional step,” Cipollone wrote in the letter to Pelosi and key committee chairmen.

Pelosi has said such a vote is unnecessary, and the Speaker almost certainly wants to avoid forcing her members to take that politically risky vote.

Democrats say that they don’t need to take a vote because the committees already have subpoena power thanks to rules changes made when Republicans controlled the House. Pelosi, in a letter last week to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), said that existing House rules provide committees “with full authority to conduct investigations for all matters under their jurisdiction, including impeachment investigations.”

All of these procedural and tactical considerations to the side, bear in mind that Trump has put out the call to his allies to get him out of this. He is terrified. He regards impeachment as a “mortal threat.”

Interesting that an innocent man, who got “FULL EXONERATION!” and upon whom it was pronounced “NO COLLUSION!” should be so worried, wouldn’t you think?

And none other than Kellyanne’s husband, George Conway, has chimed in on what he thinks the merits of the White House letter are.

My God. I never thought I never thought I would say Watergate was a picnic in the park, but I’m saying it now. This has been the Week from Hell in Washington — and it’s only Tuesday.

 

 

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8 Comments on "Trump’s WH Counsel Issues Blistering Letter To Democrats To Push Back Impeachment"

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DHG
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That letter has already been rejected by the Dems, they are pressing forward. Its a piece of work, busy work. If I were a lawyer I would have refused to send such.

Nancy
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Nancy

They need to start arresting people.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

They must have read your post , because they have arrested two of Rude Rudy’s buddies!

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Blistering , or blustery letter ? Anyone with a
modest reading ability to read English
understand’s article II SECTION 4 of the constitution that says the President or Vice ..President ( SHALL ) BE REMOVED from office by impeachment
..FOR ,AND CONVICTION OF treason bribery,
high CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.
..Article III sec I goes on to say
(all CRIMES )—SHALL BE BY JURY ,
( except ) IMPEACHMENT. Which ( Says it’s a crime ).
..Which of course means ,one must be indicted to convict, and , IMPEACHMENT IS A CRIME !
…And they are subject to be punished after leaving office.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

There’s nothing in the constitution that
says the president , or anyone , is
immune to prosecution !
..Impeachment is in fact a prosecution and, one must be indicted to prosecute !

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

The “HOWDY DOODY REPUBLICANS“, are calling the Democrats, “Captain KANGAROOS”.
They think they’re funny ,but they are TRULY sick !
..How did we ( Americans , get this far) , with out these ( TRUMPET CLOWNS) . And where are we going from here , now ?
.. How can we regain our world class status,
with Trump in office ?????

Markm Mitchell
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Markm Mitchell

Let the lawyers scream.
Trump has admitted his guilt and will go to jail.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

…I don’t know what “SIP’s “been sipping,
but anyone , can tell by reading his letter it reads like it’s written by a “first legal aid student“.
He’d be wise to take it easy on what
he’s “ sipping “, because he appears
(corn fused ).
..Perhaps ,he should read ,article’s II , SEC 4 , AND article III , SEC I , in a “comprehensive manner”, to better understand
what to HELL he’s writing !!!
…The only crisis here is , (Sip of bologna) ,
is cutting it pretty dam thick .