Why it matters: The House committees leading the inquiry intend to call and subpoena more witnesses as they continue to investigate allegations that the president pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden to assist him in the 2020 election. The White House’s blanket refusal to cooperate suggests that their strategy is to fight the Democrats in court and stonewall the investigation for as long as possible.
What they’re saying: The White House argues the president‘s due process rights have been violated and that the investigation is being carried out in a way that contradicts precedent from previous impeachment inquiries.
“Your highly partisan and unconstitutional effort threatens grave and lasting damage to our democratic institutions, to our system of free elections, and to the American people.”House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded in a statement on Tuesday, “The American people have already heard the President’s own words – ‘do us a favor, though.
’ The President’s actions threaten our national security, violate our Constitution and undermine the integrity of our elections. The White House letter is only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy, and to insist that the President is above the law.
Of note: In a briefing with reporters, a senior administration official would not outline exact benchmarks the investigation would have to meet for the White House’s participation — such as a full House vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry. They made clear, however, that the White House’s lack of participation is based on current circumstances.
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