Donald Trump Refuses To Cooperate In Impeachment Against Him: Lawyer

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Washington, D.C. / 08.10.2019 16:49:49

US President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that he does not plan to cooperate in the investigation of an open political trial against him in Congress and that he could therefore ignore the requests of the Democratic opposition, saying that it is a "partisan" process and that "violates the Constitution."

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White House lawyer Pat Cipollone sent a letter on behalf of Trump to the president of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, explaining the position of the president before the investigation opened against him for his pressures to Ukraine to inquire about one of its political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Since his research lacks any legitimate constitutional basis …, the executive branch cannot be expected to participate in it," Cipollone wrote in his letter. Trump "is not going to participate in this partisan political theater exercise," he said in a letter to the House of Representatives, where Democrats are the majority.

The letter was announced the same day Trump stepped up his fight with Congress by preventing Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, from testifying privately about the US president's dealings with Ukraine.

The president of the House of Representatives Intelligence Commission, Adam Schiff, said Sondland’s non-submission is “strong evidence” of obstruction by Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which will only strengthen the arguments of The Democrats

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