Democrats push for 'inherent contempt' as Donald Trump limits cooperation to 'legitimate' probes
Added 05-15-19 10:22:02pm EST - “House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and fellow committee chairs are increasingly agitating for Congress to use their own "inherent contempt" powers, which would mean having the sergeant-at-arms arrest obstructionist…” - Washingtontimes.com
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The White House backed off President Trump’s blanket resistance to congressional investigations Wednesday but urged Democrats to go back and rethink the massive wave of demands they have made.
The move could strengthen the White House’s legal position — analysts said Mr. Trump’s total resistance was untenable — and suggests both sides are resigned to letting the courts sort it out.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone laid out the position in a 12-page letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, saying it won’t be part of any “do-over” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election.
“The fact of the matter is the White House isn’t going to cooperate with this type of presidential harassment,” a White House official told reporters.But the official and Mr. Cipollone said they will cooperate on “legitimate” investigations.
Democrats weren’t impressed. Mr. Nadler said he won’t let the White House dictate what is legitimate and what is not.
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