The White House can’t defend Trump on impeachment, so they have sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi that is one giant presidential tantrum.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
The President has done nothing wrong, and the Democrats know it. For purely political reasons, the Democrats have decided their desire to overturn the outcome of the 2016 election allows them to conduct a so-called impeachment inquiry that ignores the fundamental rights guaranteed to every American. These partisan proceedings are an affront to the Constitution—as they are being held behind closed doors and deny the President the right to call witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses, to have access to evidence, and many other basic rights.
Today, on behalf of President Donald J. Trump, Pat Cipollone, Counsel to the President, sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Chairmen Engel, Schiff, and Cummings. The letter demonstrates that the Democrats’ inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, and even the most elementary due process protections. Democrats are pursuing purely partisan goals, including influencing the upcoming 2020 election. In the process, they are violating civil liberties and the separation of powers, threatening Executive Branch officials with punishment simply for exercising their constitutional rights and prerogatives. All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent. For these reasons, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to, and will not participate in, this exercise of partisan political theater.
President Trump and his entire Administration will, however, keep fighting for the American people, growing the economy, building prosperity, and protecting America’s interests at home and abroad.
Trump abused his power and tried to shakedown a country by withholding congressionally appropriated military aid to get them to launch an investigation into a political rival. That is the constitutional foundation for the impeachment investigation. Democrats aren’t trying to undo the 2016 election, and they are restoring the separation of powers, and the Constitution which the Trump administration has curb-stomped on a regular basis for three years.
The Constitution does not require that the House vote on an impeachment resolution. This is a requirement that Trump made up to give himself an excuse to obstruct the investigation. Speaker Pelosi knows that a vote on a motion would only slow this process down while there is a national crisis residing in the Oval Office.
The letter to Pelosi is one giant prolonged Trump temper tantrum.
Trump is losing on impeachment and his defense can be boiled down to the childish complaint of no fair.
The letter that Trump sent to Pelosi is an embarrassment to the presidency.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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