Nadler Blasts ‘Outrageous’ White House Rejection Of House Obstruction Probe

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (C) reacts to news that President Donald Trump will invoke executive privilege before a mark-up hearing where members may vote to hold... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (C) reacts to news that President Donald Trump will invoke executive privilege before a mark-up hearing where members may vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill May 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Just moments before Wednesday's hearing, Trump announced that he will invoke executive privilege over all the materials Nadler subpoenaed, including an unredacted copy of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's report and its underlying evidence. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) called the White House’s sweeping rejection of his committee’s requests related to whether President Trump obstructed justice “outrageous” while speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon.

“The White House is making the outrageous claim that a president cannot be held accountable in anyway to the American people, ” he said.”They say the Justice Department cannot hold him accountable since a sitting president can’t be indicted, and now they’re saying Congress cannot hold a president accountable. This is ridiculous — it would make the president above the law and of course we totally reject it.”

The White House on Wednesday swatted away the House Judiciary Committee’s requests for documents and interviews with witnesses related to potential obstruction by President Trump. The White House argued that Congress’ effort is “duplicative” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Nadler seemed frustrated, but unmoved by the letter, vowing to hold in contempt “whoever doesn’t comply with subpoenas.”

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