Hours after the Trump Administration blocked Acting U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine, Gordon Sondland from sitting for a deposition regarding the House Impeachment Inquiry, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to Congress, notifying them that the White House would not cooperate with their Impeachment Inquiry.
Read the White House’s full response to Nancy Pelosi and Democrat leaders on their illegitimate “impeachment inquiry”—a sham process that violates the Constitution and the rule of law.https://t.co/0kC4yFeghg— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 8, 2019
The letter is 8 pages long and the running theme of the letter is that the Democrats are seeking to overturn the 2016 election in order to “deprive the American people of the President they have freely chosen,” that the Democrats have violated the Constitution to start the inquiry, and that they have violated President Trump’s due process rights.
Trump Administration: The reason why a sitting President can’t be indicted is because the Constitution expressly creates an alternative, political process for presidential misconduct.— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) October 8, 2019
Also Trump Administration: That alternative process is too political and entirely illegitimate.
How inane. You don’t get to block impeachment just b/c you don’t like it. To review the bidding, Trump says he— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) October 8, 2019
*Can’t be indicted when he commits crimes
*Can’t even be investigated for his commission of crimes, AND
*Can’t be impeached either
So he’s saying in effect he’s a King https://t.co/3PoNZNNMlg
It’s hard to count the number of ways that this letter is, constitutionally and legally, garbage. https://t.co/OIrf1awCHX— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 8, 2019
Wow. This letter is bananas. A barely-lawyered temper tantrum. A middle finger to Congress and its oversight responsibilities.— Gregg Nunziata (@greggnunziata) October 8, 2019
No Member of Congress should accept it, no matter his or her view on the behavior of Pelosi, Schiff, or Trump.
Things are bad. Things will get worse. https://t.co/AesJ6cGHrl
The Usual Suspects
So you can’t impeach the president because he wouldn’t like it and because he doesn’t want to be impeached?— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) October 8, 2019
This is…how you say?— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 8, 2019
Lindsey Graham: A president who doesn’t comply with Congressional requests for information is subject to impeachment. pic.twitter.com/Dhw5VBxbf0— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 8, 2019
The Other Takes
If you had “Nixon Got a Raw Deal” on your Bullshit Legal Arguments Bingo card, please come to the front of the room and collect your prize money. https://t.co/BfM1KRCPgb— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) October 8, 2019
“The hysterical Democrats are doing X because they hate Trump and want to overturn the results of the 2016 election” is not a serious defense, explanation, or analysis and yet it’s pretty much the entire line of argumentation from the GOP universe rn.— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) October 8, 2019
That White House letter is deranged.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 8, 2019
Reads like it was ghostwritten by re-animated corpse of Andrew Johnson himself.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 8, 2019
It’s as though the White House is unfamiliar with the difference between impeachment in the House and trial in the Senate. It’s also as though the White House is unfamiliar with the Constitution generally.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) October 8, 2019
Let’s say it again, all together, for the slower learners:— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) October 8, 2019
🚨The President doesn’t get to dictate how Congress investigates him.🚨
One more time for the cheap seats, “The President doesn’t get to dictate how Congress investigates him.”
Having read the letter one and a half times so far, I can say as a non-lawyer, that Cipollone is not only wrong, he’s dead wrong.
It does not overturn an election. It does not violate due process.
Impeachment is a Constitutional clause, put there in order to protect us the people from a President, a Vice President, or a Federal Judiciary, that abuses their power.
What this letter does show, is that once again, The President of the United States is obstructing Congressional oversight, because he believes he is above the law.
There is only two questions left to be asked.
https://t.co/z9fQSTv91Y I have read the 8 pages and all I want to know is, are we the taxpayer paying Pat Cipollone? cuz if we are, I want our money back.— Newshound (@NewsiesNeighbor) October 8, 2019
A lawyer signed off on this?! https://t.co/PAvEzEuGTS— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) October 8, 2019