White House sends letter to rebuff impeachment

Oct 09, 2019

White House sends letter to rebuff impeachment

Tokyo (Japan) Oct 09: The White House has announced that it is refusing to cooperate with the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, saying it violates the Constitution.
President Trump's counsel sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chairpersons of three committees in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
The letter criticizes the investigation into the allegation that Trump pressured Ukraine to obtain information detrimental to former US Vice President Joe Biden, a promising candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
It claims that the Democrats are seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the president they have freely chosen.
The letter says the manner of the inquiry violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process.
It lists examples, including that the president has been denied basic rights, such as the right to cross-examine witnesses and to have access to evidence.
The letter bluntly states, "President Trump and his Administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry," in a firm stance against the move by the Democrats.
Democrats have been calling on people close to the Ukrainian matter to testify before Congress and submit related documents, either on a voluntary basis or after being subpoenaed.
Source: NHK World