The White House appears to be defying a request from Democrats on Capitol Hill to obtain documents related to the Russia probe, Fox News reported.
White House officials reportedly accused the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee of attempting to repeat Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s almost two-year investigation, for the purpose of political gain.
“Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized ‘do-over’ of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice,” Pat Cipollone, counsel to the president, wrote in a letter to House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. on Wednesday according to Fox News.
The letter came in response to a March 4 request from the committee chairman for all manner of topics related to the Russia investigation.
Additionally, Nadler’s committee voted to recommend holding Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for Mueller’s un-redacted Russia report and other documents related to it.
The redactions, which pertained were enacted to protect grand jury information, were considered unacceptable by Congress, despite the Justice Department’s legal obligation to protect said information.
While Nadler has called on Barr to hand over the full report, on multiple occasions, according to Fox News, his position on the job of Attorney General was decidedly different in 2012 when then-Attorney General Eric Holder refused to hand over the documents related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal. In that case, the documents pertained to when DOJ officials tracked thousands of guns smuggled across the border but did not stop them.
“Just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG [Eric] Holder in contempt,” Nadler tweeted in 2012.
Just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) June 28, 2012
At the time, more than 100 Democrats walked out of the vote that would have held Holder in contempt, and then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi argued that Republicans were making a political move in pushing holder for the information.
“What is happening here is shameful,” said Pelosi.
President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. Pointed out the irony and inconsistency in Nadler’s position in 2012 and today.
Ahhh the irony. Political hacks gonna hack. https://t.co/T8xFiaivU5
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 8, 2019