White House Sends Letter Officially Rejecting Cooperation With Dubious ‘Impeachment’ Inquiry
The White House says it ain’t gonna play Pelosi and Schiff’s “Impeachment” game. In what’s being described as “perhaps the most historic letter the White House has sent,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone tells Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff:
President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic processes. In order to fulfill his duties to the American public, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.
These circumstances referring to the unprecedented trashing of historic congressional norms.
For example, there has not been a formal vote in the House to open an impeachment inquiry. “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.”
Rep. Schiff is another issue:
In any event, the American people understand that Chairman Schiff cannot covertly assist with the submission of a complaint, mislead the public about his involvement, read a counterfeit version of the call to the American people, and then pretend to sit in judgment as a neutral ‘investigator.’
Schiff lied about his staff meeting with the so-called whistleblower — who it’s now been confirmed was in a professional relationship with a 2020 candidate.
The letter also lists the assorted ways the House is violating President Trump’s basic due process rights.
For example, Democrats are not allowing presidential or State Department counsel to be present during the current inquiry. The procedures also do not provide for the “disclosure of all evidence favorable to the president and all evidence bearing on the credibility of witnesses called to testify in the inquiry.”
Nor does Trump have “the right to see all evidence, to present evidence, to call witnesses, to have counsel present at all hearings, to cross-examine all witnesses, to make objections relating to the examination of witnesses or the admissibility of testimony and evidence, and to respond to evidence and testimony.”
There’s another word for what the House is attempting: “Inquisition.”
However, the letter isn’t the only sign the president is lacing up for a furious fight. Former congressman Trey Gowdy, fresh off the House Intelligence committee, has joined Trump’s legal team.
Read the White House letter in its entirety: