The White House counsel sent a scathing letter to House Democrats on Wednesday, admonishing lawmakers for attempting to relitigate the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Unfortunately, it appears that you have already decided to press ahead with a duplicative investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to replow the same ground the Special Counsel has already covered,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote. “I ask that you reconsider that approach.”
The 12-page letter was sent to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and characterized recent subpoenas issued by his committee as politically motivated in nature and lacking justification.
Mueller found last month that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russian officials seeking to undermine the 2016 presidential election. He made no determination on whether Trump sought to obstruct his probe.
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But Democrats have used the details of Mueller’s 400-plus page report as fodder for various inquiries into virtually every aspect of the president’s life.
Nadler and other members of the Democratic leadership have argued their formal requests for the full unredacted Mueller Report and underlying evidentiary evidence — including grand jury material — must be fulfilled in order for the body to provide its oversight function properly.
The White House announced earlier this month it would exercise executive privilege over the entire Mueller report.
Congressional Democrats have also been zeroing in on discussions about possible pardons between officials of Trump’s White House and members of the campaign, transition team, and administration staff who are now at the center of criminal investigations or have already been convicted of crimes as a result of their work in Trumpworld.
“Congress’s oversight authority does not extend to the President’s pardon power,” Cipollone wrote.