Trump's 'barely-lawyered' letter is 'bananas' and a 'middle-finger' to Congress
The White House is now vowing to block what they see as an 'illegitimate' impeachment effort by House Democrats.
That's precisely what the off-the-wall bonkers open letter to them said, along with a few other goodies that essentially rendered Congress' oversight "constitutionally invalid.”
The eight-page letter reads much more like it was a political statement and not a legal one, basically an extension of Trump's Twitter antics. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote it.
WH letter:” We hope that, in light of the many deficiencies we have identified in your proceedings, you will abandon the current invalid efforts to pursue an impeachment inquiry and join the President in focusing on the many important goals that matter to the American people."
Senator Marco Rubio's former general counsel Gregg Nunziata was flabbergasted when reading it:
"Wow. This letter is bananas. A barely-lawyered temper tantrum. A middle finger to Congress and its oversight responsibilities. No Member of Congress should accept it, no matter his or her view on the behavior of Pelosi, Schiff, or Trump. Things are bad. Things will get worse."
So, there you have it: the White House isn't going to the playground and is instead going to throw a tantrum at home. If they can't play with their ball, they're not playing at all.
How is all of this going to end up? Expect a lot of name-calling.
Rep. Matt Gaetz: "What we see in this impeachment is a kangaroo court, and Chairman Schiff is acting like a malicious Captain Kangaroo."
What else? It's was reported earlier that former Rep. Trey Gowdy has declined to represent President Trump after the White House began a search for outside counsel. But, later reports are claiming that's not true.
CNN's Kaitlan Collins says that Gowdy met with Mick Mulvaney and has, in fact, accepted. While he won't serve in the administration he will retain that outside role.
We're unsure why Trump wants Gowdy. The litigator once said:
"The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress no matter whether you are the party in power or not in power is wrong. Respect for the rule of law must mean something, irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles."
That would make him a horrible choice and you can bet Democrats are going to jump all over his pasty words. This is definitely going to be even more of a clown circus.