Can Trump Actually Not Cooperate in Impeachment Inquiry? Here's What the Experts Say
The White House issued a letter earlier this week saying that it would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry by the House regarding the phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
So now the talk is whether or not this is a legal move for President Trump. I can give you the answer right away, of course it’s legal. Trump’s lawyers know they need to protect the President and stay in the realm of legal moves only.
However, many have been weighing in on the matter giving their own thoughts.
“Both House Democrats and the White House are making political arguments…Impeachment is a political process, and so both sides are trying to win in the court of public opinion. However, the House’s political arguments happen to be false and White House’s political arguments happen to be meritorious,” said David Rivkin, one of the lawyers in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations in the White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice.
On the other hand, George Conway, who as we all know hates President Trump said that the letter that the White House put out is in itself “an impeachable offense.”
Likewise, Laurence Tribe said, “The House Judiciary Committee in 1974 identified President Richard Nixon’s direction of systematic defiance of congressional impeachment inquiries by his administration as an obstruction of the constitutional role of Congress and thus a violation of the president’s duty faithfully to execute the laws. Such a charge is manifestly warranted against Trump today.”
But Rivkin actual gets to the root of the tree when he says, “There’s nothing about impeachment that turns the president into a ward of the legislature. The Executive Branch has every right to defend its constitutional prerogatives, including executive privilege. Once there is a final judicial determination on whether the House or the White House are right on the document production and testimonial issues, that would have to be complied with. Until that happens, rejecting House’s demands is a perfectly appropriate course of action.”
What are your thoughts? Is the President in the wrong for fighting against the House who are CLEARLY trying to make something out of nothing and push forward anyway?