Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) lashed out at President Trump Wednesday after White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told the House Judiciary Committee to pound sand.
“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” said Nadler.
“We are not ending the investigation,” Nadler added. “This is the White House claiming that the president is a king.”
“Jerry Nadler told me that they may impose ‘very large fines’ on individuals found to be in contempt of Congress,” CNN’s Manu Raju said.
Jerry Nadler warns House may impose 'very large' fines for people held in inherent contempt, and says in response to latest WH rejection of his requests for info: "We are not ending the investigation."
He told me: "This is the White House claiming that the president is a king" pic.twitter.com/k9znKkPJxm
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 15, 2019
Earlier Wednesday White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler that the White House will not comply with his Committee’s requests, calling the investigations an ‘unauthorized do-over’ of Mueller’s probe.
In March, the House Judiciary Committee launched a massive investigation into Trump officials and over 80 subpoena’s went flying.
The White House on Wednesday told Nadler to “discontinue” his panel’s inquiry into President Trump.
“Congressional investigations are intended 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,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Nadler referring to Mueller’s massive inquisition.
“The appropriate course is for the Committee to discontinue the inquiry,” Cipollone wrote Jerry Nadler. “Unfortunately, it appears that you have already decided to press ahead with a duplicative investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to replow the same ground the Special Counsel has already covered.”
House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff last week also threatened Trump officials with $25,000 a day fines if they do not comply with Democrat demands.
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