Report: Trump to reject House demands for info unless there’s a formal impeachment vote

Report: Trump to reject House demands for info unless there’s a formal impeachment vote
Nancy Pelosi (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Trump and the whole executive branch should reject House demands until there’s a basis in law for them. Trump — including his entire executive — is entitled to protections of law as regards the scope of inquiries, what he must answer, and how to decide what falls under executive privilege.  There are numerous considerations; Democrats must initiate a formal procedure if they expect their demands to be compelling.  Otherwise, they’re just bent on an entirely open-ended fishing expedition, which is the most anti-rule-of-law thing there is.]

The White House is planning to send Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter as soon as Friday arguing that President Trump and his team can ignore lawmakers’ demands until she holds a full House vote formally approving an impeachment inquiry, 2 sources familiar with the letter tell Axios.

Why it matters: By putting in writing the case that Trump and his supporters have been making verbally for days, the White House is preparing for a court fight and arguing to the public that its resistance to Congress’ requests is justified.

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By calling this an inquiry without holding a vote, Pelosi and the Democratic committee chairmen are having it both ways, one official said. “They want to be a little bit pregnant.” …

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