House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has made it his mission to bring down the Trump presidency, following in the failed footsteps of John Brennan, James Comey, Robert Mueller, CNN, and many others. As part of his quest, he has issued numerous subpoenas to the White House for records relating the Mueller investigation. Unwilling to go through Trump/Russia Investigation #321, however, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to Nadler telling him to, well, go take a long walk off a short pier.
“Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized ‘do-over’ of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice,” Cipollone wrote.
“The appropriate course is for the Committee to discontinue the inquiry,” he continued. “Unfortunately, it appears that you have already decided to press ahead with a duplicative investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to replow the same ground the Special Counsel has already covered.”
Nadler was, unsurprisingly, outraged by the letter.
“The White House is making the outrageous claim that a president cannot be held accountable in any way to the American people,” he said. “This is ridiculous, it would make the president above the law, and of course we totally reject it. We will subpoena whoever we have to subpoena.”
Yes, but who exactly will enforce that subpoena? Attorney General William Barr, the man you unwisely decided to hold in contempt for his refusal to turn over the unredacted Mueller report? Hmm, looks like you might’ve messed up there, Democrats. Might have messed up big time.
Besides, Nadler’s claim that the president is “above the law” is the real absurdity here. Did he even read the Mueller report? No collusion, Big Jerry. No obstruction. You’re not just barking up the wrong tree, you’re barking up a tree that has been barked at incessantly and uselessly since the summer of 2016. Don’t you think it’s time to give it a rest?