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Trump administration announces it won’t cooperate with impeachment inquiry

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino (L) talks with former presidential advisor John Dean, who is testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee. According to Dean’s testimony, President Nixon most likely knew about the planning of the Watergate break in and definitely participated in the plot to cover administration involvement in it.

Letter here.

It should go without saying that the legal(ish) arguments in this letter are preposterous. They all revolve around the absurd argument that an impeachment inquiry is somehow subject to the federal rules of criminal procedure, as opposed to being, you know, a congressional investigation specifically authorized by the Constitution, which also specifically does not specify in any way how that investigation is supposed to be carried out.

And I know we’re all inured to this stuff, but I can’t imagine a more straightforward constitutional crisis than a presidential administration simply refusing to cooperate with the legal process laid out in that document by which the legislature is supposed to investigate potential serious executive misconduct.

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