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US House Speaker says WH letter “another unlawful attempt to hide the facts”

WASHINGTON, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the White House letter is “another unlawful attempt to hide the facts” as the Trump Administration refused to comply with House Committee subpoenas as part of the impeachment inquiry.

In a statement, Pelosi said that President Donald Trump’s actions “threaten our national security, violate our Constitution and undermine the integrity of our elections.” She stressed “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.” “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,” she remarked.

“The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction,” she added.

She concluded saying “Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable.” This comes as Counsel to the President Pat Cipollone sent a letter to Pelosi and House leaders that “demonstrates that the Democrats’ inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, and even the most elementary due process protections.” The letter stated, “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.” “Your inquiry is constitutionally invalid and a violation of due process,” it added.

Pelosi announced last month that the House “is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry ” of Trump amid a filed complaint by a whistleblower about his phone call with Ukrainian President, asking him to investigate the former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

Source: Kuwait News Agency