Trump asserts Congress has no authority to investigate

White House says Congress has no ‘legitimate role’ in investigating Trump, and rejects document demands.

And refuses to allow staff, including the Inspector General to testify before Congress, even going so far as to threaten legal action against him if he does testify.

This combined with the contempt shown Congress on Sep 17th, 2019 by former Trump campaign manager Lewandowski before the House Judiciary Committee demonstrates this Administration considers itself “above the law”.  The following article from USA Today explains the condition

Rudeness and flippancy aren’t typically legally actionable, but refusing to answer congressional questions is. And Lewandowski refused to answer even the most basic questions too many times to count. He even refused to answer questions about the Stormy Daniels payoff.

Ostensibly, he did so based on a letter sent by the White House that claimed “executive privilege” and instructed Lewandowski not to reveal information about conversations with the president or his senior advisers that went beyond what was in the Mueller report.

President Donald Trump has made some expansive claims of executive privilege in the past, but claiming there is a privilege for conversations with Lewandowski is something special. It’s one thing to claim privilege for Cabinet members and White House staff. Extending it to people like Lewandowski would effectively make the president immune from any sort of congressional investigation at all.

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