White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Tuesday rejecting the committee’s request for documents explaining the process for granting security clearances to White House personnel, calling their demands “unprecedented and extraordinarily intrusive.”
Cipollone’s letter is likely the first of many confrontations to come, as Democrats intent on probing every corner of Trump’s life, business and presidency begin to ramp up their investigations. Chairman Cummings said last week that this would be his final voluntary request for the administration before the committee begins to issue subpoenas.
The Associated Press reports:
In a statement, Cummings rejected the White House lawyer’s assertion that Congress doesn’t have jurisdiction over security clearance matters.
“There is a key difference between a president who exercises his authority under the Constitution and a president who overrules career experts and his top advisors to benefit his family members and then conceals his actions from the American people,” Cummings said.