(The White House) President Donald Trump’s administration signaled its intention Tuesday to fight the so-called impeachment inquiry announced by House Democrats in a letter that says Democrats’ effort to gather dirt on Trump is “unconstitutional.”
The White House letter from counsel Pat A. Cipollone was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, as well as House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California.
“President Trump and his Administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process,” it read.
The letter uncompromisingly trashed the “numerous, legally unsupported demands made as part of what you have labeled — contrary to the Constitution of the United States and all past bipartisan precedent — as an ‘impeachment inquiry.’”
“You have violated civil liberties and the separation of powers by threatening Executive Branch officials, claiming that you will seek to punish those who exercise fundamental constitutional rights and prerogatives,” the letter said.
BREAKING: The White House has just announced they will not comply with this illegitimate and unconstitutional impeachment inquiry.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) October 8, 2019
I support @realDonaldTrump’s refusal to comply with Nancy Pelosi’s illegal and unconstitutional “impeachment inquiry.” She has ignored all established norms and procedures in an attempt to nullify the 2016 election. My resolution would expel her from the House. #SheHasToGo pic.twitter.com/jteetrJigU
— Rep. Ralph Abraham (@RepAbraham) October 9, 2019
“All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent.”
The letter said Democrats are not seeking justice, but rather trying to reverse the results of an election they lost.
“Put simply, you seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the President they have freely chosen,” the letter said.
“Many Democrats now apparently view impeachment not only as a means to undo the democratic results of the last election but as a strategy to influence the next election, which is barely more than a year away,” it added.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 9, 2019
“Your highly partisan and unconstitutional effort threatens grave and lasting damage to our democratic institutions, to our system of free elections, and to the American people.”
The letter also noted comments from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, made during the impeachment process against then-President Bill Clinton, as saying that impeachment sought to subvert the will of the people.