White House Rejects Jerry Nadler’ Request For Documents in Obstruction Investigation

A showdown is looming between President Donald Trump and Jerry Nadler the Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee whose efforts to probe the president were rejected by a White House insider as a

A showdown is looming between President Donald Trump and Jerry Nadler the Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee whose efforts to probe the president were rejected by a White House insider as a"show trial

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) listens to testimony during a hearing about "Executive Privilege and Congressional Oversight", on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019.

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Wednesday that the White House's refusal to cooperate with his panel's probe of allegations of obstruction of justice and abuses of power by President Donald Trump was "preposterous" and puts the president above the law.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports there are now 29 separate federal, state, and congressional investigations into Trump.

"The only goal for this duplication seems to be harassing and seeking to embarrass political opponents after an exhaustive two-year investigation by the Department of Justice did not reach the conclusion that some members of the Committee apparently would have preferred", Cipollone continued.

He continued: "Congressional investigations are meant to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized 'do-over" of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice.

Cipollone also said that, due to the apparent duplicative nature of the House investigation and the lack of an underlying legislative objective for them, "the requests raise serious concerns of violating the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution".

He continued: The White House position appears to be that the Justice Department can not hold the President accountable, since it purportedly can not indict him.

Nadler said they were seriously considering inherent contempt, which would be "in addition to" civil contempt proceedings through a lawsuit.

Mueller did not conclude that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation. He did not rule on whether Trump obstructed justice, although Attorney General William Barr said the report shows that the president did not. He stressed that probe was "exhaustive" - the product of 2,800 subpoenas, 500 executed search warrants and 500 witness interviews - and that the president supported the report's full release "in the interest of transparency".

"If the committee intends to continue its inquiry", Cipollone wrote, "it would greatly advance that process if the committee were to narrow the scope of the requests". "Unfortunately, it appears that you have already made a decision to press ahead with a duplicative investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to replow the same ground the Special Counsel has already covered". And he vowed to hold in contempt whoever does not comply with said subpoenas. The letters went to both current and former official and campaign staffers as well as top Trump Organization officials and Trump's family members. The coming legal battle could stretch to 2020, and the White House is aiming to tie up congressional probes until Election Day.

Wednesday's letter was written in response to the wide-ranging document requests sent out by Nadler's committee in early March.

Trump and his advisers have painted the investigations as partisan overreach by Democrats disappointed by Mueller's findings.

President Trump takes questions from reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. Democrats are also seeking Mueller's testimony, though a date has not been set.