The White House on Tuesday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats saying it would not cooperate with their impeachment inquiry into President Trump over his dealings with Ukraine, framing the investigation as an effort to “overturn the results of the 2016 election.”
In an eight-page letter, the Trump administration through counsel Pat Cipollone accused House Democrats of making “legally unsupported demands” of the executive branch and accused them of violating the Constitution and past precedent in opening the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
“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,” Cipollone wrote. “Because participating in this inquiry under the current unconstitutional posture would inflict lasting institutional harm on the Executive Branch and lasting damage to the separation of powers, you have left the President no choice.”
“Consistent with the duties of the President of the United States, and in particular his obligation to preserve the rights of future occupants of his office, President Trump cannot permit his Administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances,” he wrote.
The letter amounts to a directive to halt any cooperation with House Democrats and lays the foundation for what will be a bitter impeachment battle in the coming weeks.
Accusing Pelosi and her colleagues of “seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 election,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone in his letter said Trump and members of his administration “cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances,” but stopped short of calling for the House to hold a vote on impeachment.
Read the letter from Cipollone below: