On Tuesday, the White House declared war against the impeachment investigation of Donald Trump, blasting the process as partisan, illegitimate and unconstitutional and saying neither the president nor his administration will cooperate.
In an eight-page letter, the White House wrote, “Put simply, you seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the president they have freely chosen.” It was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of three congressional panels leading the inquiry.
“Your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections,” he said of the probe, which is weighing whether Trump abused his office by seeking a corruption probe in Ukraine of his rival Joe Biden.
“President Trump cannot permit his administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances.”
Pelosi replied back, terming the letter “manifestly wrong” and describing it as “another unlawful attempt to hide the facts.”
“Mr President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable,” she said. She further warned that “continued efforts to hide the truth of the president’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction.”
Washington is currently on a path toward a constitutional crisis because of the stand-off with the potential for a court showdown just as the nation gears up for the 2020 election. The main objection of the White House was the fact the House of Representatives had not held a formal vote to launch the inquiry.
However, the Democrats said it is not essential as the impeachment process is in its earliest stages, equivalent to gathering evidence for an indictment. If a majority of House members back impeachment, the matter shifts to a trial in the Senate which is presently controlled by Republicans.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told reporters, “The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents” was “additional strong evidence of obstruction.”
“The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents” was “additional strong evidence of obstruction,” Schiff told reporters. On Friday, the lawmakers will get a chance to hear from another key witness former US ambassador to Kiev Marie Yovanovitch in the Ukraine scandal. He will appear before the House Intelligence Committee.