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

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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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