The White House is rejecting the House Judiciary committees request to turn over documents on a broad range of topics mainly focused on key figures in the 2016 presidential election.Interested in Donald Trump?Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Donald TrumpAdd InterestThe White House will not participate in the Committees investigation that brushes aside the conclusions of the Department of Justice after a two-year-long effort in favor of political theater pre-ordained to reach a preconceived and false result, the letter sent from White House counsel Pat Cipollone reads.
While the White House is not asserting executive privilege over any of the documents the committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., requested, they do argue that because the request is so broad it violates all prongs of executive privilege.
Leah Millis/ReutersJerry Nadler (D-NY) makes a statement with some of his colleagues after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold U.
S. Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not responding to a subpoena on Capitol Hill, May 8, 2019. 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.In early March, Nadler sent document requests to eighty-one individuals and entities requesting documents and records as part of his investigation into the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration.
The individuals contacted included members of the Trump family, key figures in the presidents campaign, as well as past and present White House aides.(MORE: House Democrats launch broad probe into allegations of potential corruption, obstruction of justice against Trump)The committee asked multiple individuals for any contacts, direct or indirect, from January 1, 2015 to January 20, 2017 between or involving the Russian Federation and its officials, agents, intermediaries, and/or instrumentalities.
Additionally, the committee asked certain individuals and the Trump Organization for document related to the companys efforts on a project in Moscow.(MORE: Former Clinton White House attorney warns fight for unredacted Mueller report not the right battle for Democrats)The document request also focused on events during the Trump administration including any conversations about presidential pardons, and meetings or conversations the president had with the Russian government and other foreign leaders.
STOCK PHOTO/Getty ImagesThe exterior of the White House, in Washington is pictured in this undated stock photo.When Nadler submitted the requests in March, the White House slammed what it called the committees fishing expedition, describing it as disgraceful and abusive.In its letter on Tuesday, the White House called the House committees probe duplicative.