White House Denies Dem's Request for Docs

  • 2019-03-21
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
White House Denies Dem's Request for Docs
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The Dems have requested documents pertaining to the meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin and the White House has recently denied that request.

According to Fox News:

The White House Thursday rejected a call by House Democrats for documents relating to private conversations between President Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

In a letter sent to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and obtained by Fox News, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said that “the committees’ letters cite no legal authority for the proposition that another branch of the government can force the president to disclose diplomatic communications with foreign leaders or that supports forcing disclosure of the confidential internal deliberations of the president’s national security advisors.”

Cipollone added there is precedent going back to George Washington that gives the president control over conducting foreign affairs and that Congress does not have the right to information about conversations between the president and other world leaders.

“It is settled law that the Constitution entrusts the conduct of foreign relations exclusively to the Executive Branch, as it makes the President ‘the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations,’” Cipollone wrote.

President Trump views the Dems attempts at investigating him as "presidential harassment" and it seems this battle between the two won't end anytime soon.

 Source: TTN

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