White House: Trump will not participate in 'illegitimate' impeachment probe

David Caplan
October 08, 2019 - 5:23 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump will not cooperate with the impeachment probe, the White House said in a letter to House Democrats Tuesday. 

"The President has done nothing wrong, and the Democrats know it ... The Executive Branch cannot be expected to, and will not participate in, this exercise of partisan political theater," the White House said in a statement. 

According to the White House, the letter sent to the Democrats "demonstrates that the Democrats’ inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, and even the most elementary due process protections. Democrats are pursuing purely partisan goals, including influencing the upcoming 2020 election. In the process, they are violating civil liberties and the separation of powers, threatening Executive Branch officials with punishment simply for exercising their constitutional rights and prerogatives."

"All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent," adds the statement. "For these reasons, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to, and will not participate in, this exercise of partisan political theater."