The White House has refused to cooperate with congressional Democrats in the investigation in preparation for President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings.
The Executive branch “will not engage in biased political theater,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. Democrats “pursue unilateral goals,” “violate civil liberties” and the principle of separation of powers, the document notes. The White House accused them of “wanting to cancel the results of the 2016 election.”
“The President has done nothing wrong, and Democrats know it,” Grisham said. Donald Trump and his administration will “continue to fight for the American people, grow the economy,” and “protect America’s interests at home and abroad,” she added.
A few days earlier, the house of representatives of Congress requested documents on the “Ukrainian case” from the White House administration, the US State Department, Vice President Michael Pence, as well as the Ministry of defense and the administrative and budgetary office of the presidential administration.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the White House’s refusal as an attempt to “hide a betrayal of democracy.”
“The President is trying to impose lawlessness <...> His actions threaten our national security, violate the Constitution, undermine the integrity of our elections. The White House letter is one of the latest attempts to cover up a betrayal of democracy and assert that the President is above the law,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Pelosi warned the White House against “trying to hide the truth about the President’s abuse of power.” “Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable,” the text reads.