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Wed May 15, 2019, 03:39 PM

No 'do-over' on Mueller probe, White House lawyer tells House panel, saying demands for records, sta

Source: Washington Post

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No ‘do-over’ on Mueller probe, White House lawyer tells House panel, saying demands for records, staff testimony will be refused

By Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey
May 15 at 2:02 PM

The White House’s top lawyer told the House Judiciary Committee chairman Wednesday that Congress has no right to a “do-over” of the special counsel’s investigation of President Trump and refused a broad demand for records and testimony from dozens of current and former White House staff.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s letter to committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) constitutes a sweeping rejection — not just of Nadler’s request for White House records, but of Congress’s standing to investigate Trump for possible obstruction of justice. In his letter, Cipollone repeated a claim the White House and Trump’s business have begun making: that Congress is not a law enforcement body and does not have a legitimate purpose to investigate the questions it is pursuing.

But Cipollone stopped short of asserting executive privilege. Instead, he told Nadler he would consider a narrowed request if the chairman spells out the legislative purpose and legal support for the information he is seeking.

“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,” Cipollone wrote.
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Rachael Bade contributed to this report.

Carol Leonnig is an investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her work on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. Follow https://twitter.com/CarolLeonnig

Josh Dawsey is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. He joined the paper in 2017. He previously covered the White House for Politico, and New York City Hall and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the Wall Street Journal. Follow https://twitter.com/jdawsey1

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/no-do-over-on-mueller-probe-white-house-lawyer-tells-house-panel-saying-demands-for-records-staff-testimony-will-be-refused/2019/05/15/1ad19728-7715-11e9-b3f5-5673edf2d127_story.html

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Reply No 'do-over' on Mueller probe, White House lawyer tells House panel, saying demands for records, sta (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves May 15 OP
underpants May 15 #1
keithbvadu2 May 15 #2
pazzyanne May 15 #3
mr_lebowski May 15 #4
cstanleytech May 15 #5
Bayard May 15 #6
duforsure May 15 #7
GreydeeThos May 15 #8
AllaN01Bear May 15 #9
msongs May 15 #10
briv1016 May 15 #11
Flaleftist May 15 #12

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:43 PM

1. How about a combover?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:46 PM

2. Need more investigations... As many as Benghazi.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:47 PM

3. How about the lawyers for trump read the constitution.

All lawyers have to study constitutional law. I myself have a year of Constitutional law classes, and I have an education degree. It is a mystery how these lawyers are trying to flimflam Congress and the American people.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:47 PM

4. You have absolutely GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW ...

“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,” Cipollone wrote.

Seriously?

No, I mean SERIOUSLY?!?

GTFOH with that bullshit, dude!!!

"Unauthorized"

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:50 PM

5. Since when does the executive get to dictate to the legislative over what it investigates?

Must be a new amendment to the Constitution because I do not recall Obama blocking them on investigating Benghazi the multiple times they did nor did Clinton block them on investigating White Water.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:12 PM

6. Why do these people think they have a say in this?

Its not up to them!

Someone has to go to jail here, so they don't keep thinking they get to dictate terms to Congress.

ENOUGH!!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:16 PM

7. Its called oversite

No the Mueller probe do over, and they have every Constitutional right to look into anything they see as needed to keep the checks and balances n place on the executive branch, and by not doing anything they are not doing what they swore to do so, unlike trump and the gop who swore to protect and to serve, and they all lied.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:19 PM

8. It is not a 'Do Over'; It is a " DO RIGHT "

For some unknown reason (probably blackmail) Mueller did not complete the task. It is now time for the House to finish the job.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:36 PM

9. and who just does this person think he is ? hem.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #9)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:11 PM

10. he is getting away with it and so is trump. why not laugh. nt

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:26 PM

11. But I was told by members here that is was the smart way to get those records

and to trust the Dem Leadership.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:45 PM

12. It's not a do-over. It's finishing the job. nt

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