Trump declares it in writing: He won’t cooperate in impeachment probe

Nellie Chapman
October 9, 2019

The letter comes the same day that Trump intensified his fight with Congress by blocking Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador, from testifying behind closed doors about the president's dealings with Ukraine.

The White House has notified the House that the Trump administration will not participate in what it is calling Democrats' "illegitimate" impeachment probe.

The impeachment inquiry is focused on a whistle-blower's allegations that Trump used almost $400m in USA military aid to secure a promise from Ukraine's president to investigate Biden, a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and his son.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has insisted the House is well within its rules to conduct oversight of the executive branch under the Constitution regardless of a vote. Now, he is trying to make lawlessness a virtue.

The White House accused Democrats of using impeachment as a tool to not only "undo the democratic results" of the previous election, but to "influence" the upcoming contest as well, citing the words of Congressman Al Green (D-Texas), who in May expressed concerns that "if we don't impeach the President, he will get reelected".

"The Whistleblower's facts have been so incorrect about my "no pressure" conversation with the Ukrainian President, and now the conflict of interest and involvement with a Democrat Candidate, that he or she should be exposed and questioned properly", Trump wrote.

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A transcript of the call, released by the White House on September 25, revealed that Trump had asked Zelensky to look into Biden's dealings in Ukraine but hadn't pressured him, and there was no quid pro quo. Pelosi says such actions would be a "betrayal" of Trump's oath of office.

"The so-called Whistleblower, before knowing I was going to release the exact Transcript, stated that my call with the Ukrainian President was 'crazy, frightening, and completely lacking in substance related to national security.' This is a very big Lie".

Eric Columbus, former senior counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and former special counsel to the general counsel in the Department of Homeland Security during the President Barack Obama presidency, said the move showed that the administration had something to hide.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff will speak to reporters on Sondland's testimony Tuesday morning.

"The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress, a co-equal branch of government", Schiff said.

The letter states that for these reasons, the White House won't comply with the demands of House lawmakers.

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