The White House said in a statement on Tuesday that it did not want to cooperate in the preliminary investigation into the procedure for the possible removal of President Donald Trump.
In an eight-page letter addressed to American Democratic leaders, the White House calls the investigation “unconstitutional” and “unfounded.” The letter was prepared on behalf of Trump by Pat Cipollone, legal adviser to the White House.
According to the White House, the charge of the Democrats is “contrary to fundamental justice and the constitutional right to a fair trial”, in particular because the preliminary investigation was not voted on. Three Democratic committees are currently investigating whether Trump has abused his office as president in such a way that a removal procedure must be started.
In a response, Democratic President of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi calls the letter “clearly incorrect” and states that Trump is trying to “normalize lawlessness.”
“Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held responsible,” said Pelosi.
Hours before the letter came out, the US Department of Foreign Affairs stopped a testimony from Gordon Sondland. Sondland is the American ambassador for the European Union. The Ministry also does not want to release text messages and e-mails from Sondland.
“The fact that this witness is not coming forward and that the documents are not being delivered is merely proof that the constitutional function of Congress is being thwarted,” says Adam Schiff, Democratic member of the House of Representatives, who leads the Trump detention investigation.
Republican Justice Minister William Barr said in a previous statement that he would not cooperate in the preliminary investigation of the House of Representatives.
In the early morning of July 25, Trump called his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
Notes released later revealed that Trump has asked Zelensky several times to investigate whether Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter have been guilty of corruption in Ukraine. Following the telephone conversation that Trump had with Zelensky, Pelosi formally announced at the end of September a preliminary investigation into the possible deposition of Trump.
Trump immediately responded to the Pelosi press conference. The American president called the decision a “witch hunt”. Kevin McCarthy, Republican Group leader in the House of Representatives, previously said he did not support Pelosi’s decision.
The deposition investigation was opened after a whistleblower within the American intelligence services had filed a complaint about the telephone conversation between Trump and Zelensky. The complaint was labeled by the regulator as “urgently worrying and credible”. A second whistleblower reported to the investigation last Tuesday. This is again an employee of the intelligence services. This person confirms the report of the first whistleblower, let his lawyer know in an interview with the American channel ABC.
According to the lawyer, who also assists the first whistleblower, this second source has now also been questioned by the intelligence services supervisor.