Nancy Pelosi Attacks Trump: He’s ‘Violated His Oath’ as President
House Speaker responds to letter from White House
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Donald Trump in response to the White House's scathing letter from Counsel Pat Cipollone.
"Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable," Pelosi said.
In the White House letter, it asserted the impeachment probe was 'illegitimate' and amounted to an illegal attempt to overturn the 2016 election.
The letter also announced that the White House would not respond to Congressional subpoenas in the matter.
"This letter is manifestly wrong, and is simply another unlawful attempt to hide the facts of the Trump Administration's brazen efforts to pressure foreign powers to intervene in the 2020 elections," Pelosi responded.
sp"Despite the White House's stonewalling, we see a growing body of evidence that shows that President Trump abused his office and violated his oath to 'protect, preserve and defend the Constitution,'' she continued.
"The President's actions threaten our national security, violate our Constitution, and undermine the integrity of our elections. The White House letter is only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy, and to insist that the President is above the law," Pelosi said.
Cipollone's eight-page letter stood firm against the Democrats' attempts to overturn the election.
In the letter, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone addressed Pelosi, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engle.
"Put simply, you seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the President they have freely chosen."
The letter states that President Donald Trump and his administration "reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process," and would not cooperate with subpoena requests.
"Your unprecedented actions have left the President with no choice," he wrote.
"In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his Administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances."
He also suggested the administration could become more cooperative if Democrats dropped the formal impeachment inquiry.
"If the Committees wish to return to the regular order of oversight requests, we stand ready to engage in that process as we have in the past, in a manner consistent with well-established bipartisan constitutional protections and a respect for the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution," he wrote.
But Pelosi made it clear the impeachment inquiry will go forward.
She also charged Trump with obstruction of justice, stating the Constitution gives the lawmakers the authority to continue their investigation.
"As President Trump is obstructing justice, abusing power, and diminishing the office of the presidency, we have a responsibility to strengthen the institution in which we serve. This is essential if we are to honor the separation of powers, which is the genius of the Constitution," the speaker wrote.
But the White House pushed back against the Democrats' argument of 'obstruction.'
'That's a political argument, not a legal argument,' a senior administration official said on a call with reporters.
On Monday, Trump called for Pelosi and Schiff to be impeached for 'treason.'
Trump echoed Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik's comments, who told Fox News last week that Schiff should be arrested and "charged with conspiracy to commit treason," accusing the whistleblower of working against the current administration.
On Tuesday, Adam Schiff argued the White House was obstructing the Democrats' impeachment inquiry due to the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and the other key witnesses being blocked from giving testimony.
“We consider this act today, and the withholding of the ambassador’s documents and other efforts to discourage other State Department witnesses, as further acts of obstruction of a co-equal branch of government,” Schiff said Tuesday.
But the Trump administration disputed that the House is not conducting a formal impeachment inquiry due to no votes being given by the democrats to launch an investigation.
Republicans backed the Trump administration’s decision.
“What we see in this impeachment inquiry is a kangaroo court, and Chairman Schiff is acting like a malicious kangaroo,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.