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Chairman Nadler Tells White House that Obstruction, Corruption & Abuse of Power Investigation Must Continue

Chairman Nadler: “Both the Russian threat to our elections and the President’s threat to the rule of law continue.”

Washington, May 16, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to the White House counsel Pat Cipollone in response to the White House counsel’s letter demanding that the House Judiciary Committee end its investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuses of power. 

In his letter, Chairman Nadler debunks the White House’s claims, details the subpoena accommodation process for redacted portions of the Mueller report and underlying evidence, outlines the legislative purpose of the Committee’s investigation, and addresses the Trump Administration’s efforts to stonewall Congress across the board. The Chairman identifies multiple Committee requests for information, testimony, and documents that have gone unanswered.  This includes requests related to the Administration’s immigration policies, decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act, implementation of the bipartisan First Step Act, and alleged political interference with the Justice Department’s merger approval process, among other things.

Chairman Nadler wrote, “As a threshold matter, your failure to comprehend the gravity of the Special Counsel’s findings is astounding and dangerous.  The Mueller Report found that Russia interfered in our elections and outlined our nation’s acute vulnerability to another attack.  The Special Counsel also found that the President engaged in multiple acts to exert undue influence over law enforcement investigations.”

Continuing with his efforts to reach an accommodation, Chairman Nadler wrote, “Given your statement that your office is prepared to ‘work with the Committee through the constitutionally mandated accommodation process to provide the Committee with materials it can properly request,’ the Committee’s staff is prepared at any time to resume discussions regarding the open issues related to the April 18 subpoena, as well as the many other outstanding requests, such as those listed above, to which the Administration has not responded.  To attempt to cut through our disputes, I am prepared to make my staff available at a mutually convenient time to meet with your staff regarding these issues.  I hope you will take us up on that offer.”

Full text of the letter is available here.

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