Nadler Slams White House’s ‘Preposterous’ Refusal to Hand Over Docs: They’re Claiming Trump is ‘King’
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has accused the White House of propping up President Donald Trump as though he’s “above the law” and beyond congressional oversight.
On Wednesday, the White House legal counsel released a letter announcing that they will not comply with the committee’s requests for documents and testimony pertaining to Robert Mueller‘s investigation. As he spoke to reporters, Nadler responded by saying to CNN’s Manu Raju that the administration is claiming Trump “is a king” who cannot be held accountable.
“This is the White House saying that the Justice Department said they can’t hold the president accountable because you can’t indict a president and now they’re saying neither can Congress. So the president is totally unaccountable and above the law. No president, no person in the United States is above the law. This is preposterous.”
Nadler went on to say the house may impose “very large” fines for people held in inherent contempt, and in statements to other reporters, he struck back at the White House’s demand for an end of investigations.
JUST IN: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler dismisses the White House’s “extraordinary demand” for Democrats to stop their investigation: “This flies in the face of the American idea that no one is above the law, and I reject it” https://t.co/2wmkU31oEF pic.twitter.com/BwDgRs1u7y
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 15, 2019
Nadler says “we will subpoena whoever we have to subpoena. We will hear from Mueller, we will hear from McGahn, we will hear from a lot of other witnesses.”
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) May 15, 2019
Here’s the White House response to Nadler.
I asked a WH about Nadler’s saying WH is claiming Pres Trump “is a king.”
Sr. WH official: “The president is not acting in an imperial fashion. House Democrats and chairmen like Chairman Nadler…are acting imperiously by setting out demands that they know they have no right to.” https://t.co/YlIvcC8OrK
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 15, 2019
Watch above, via CNN.
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