The White House rejected Congress's Democrats' request for numerous papers related to President Donald Trump's telephone conversations and meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House Council, Pat Chipolone, said in a letter sent to the Chairs of the Surveillance, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees on Thursday that Congress had not shown any legal or constitutional powers to access the President's diplomatic communications.
"The president must be free to hold discussions with foreign leaders without fear that these messages will be revealed and used as feed for political purposes," Cipollone wrote.
"Therefore, since the beginning of the nation, the presidents of all political parties have decided that the law does not require the executive to provide Congress with papers related to confidential diplomatic communications between the president and foreign leaders," he said in the 1
Cipollone writes that there is "continual recognition that the Constitution assigns foreign affairs exclusively to the executive" and states that the Democrats did not quote any laws or regulations that would justify their right to access the President's communications, different of the Presidential Record Act, which insists that the White House is in line.
Earlier this month, three Democrats asked the White House and the State Department to provide detailed information about all communications between Trump and Putin. The letter signed by Adam Schiff, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Elliott Engel, and Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, Elias Kummings, was sent to the White House Staff Chief of Staff Mick Mulvany and Secretary
Democrats tried to investigate whether Russia had influenced the president and indicated the media reports that Trump had tried to "hide the details of his communication with President Putin." are a threat to national security and the current fears that the president may have been manipulated by Russia.
But the White House adviser claims that Democrats are making too broad a request for "detailed information about president meetings and telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin," in addition to "confidential communications" between the president and the best counselors .
Cum Mings accused the White House of "blackout."
"The problem is that the White House is engaged in an unprecedented level of enclosure, delay and obstacles," said reporter Ilia Kummings, chairman of the Home Supervision and Home Affairs Committee, in a terrible Washington Post post.
President Cummings, D-Md., Noted, "The White House has not handed over a sheet of paper to our committee or made only one employee available for testimony at the 116th Congress."
The same applies to the House of the Judiciary, whose chairman, Herold Nadled, of New York, has begun a large-scale scrutiny earlier this month for charges of impediments to justice and abuse of power by the President.
Initially, the president said he would cooperate with the jury, but White House press secretary Sarah Sanders just a few hours later called the investigation "a shameful and abusive investigation into tired, untrue assertions."
Despite these criticisms, ABC News has learned from sources familiar with the question that the White House intends to answer some requests, even though they intend to respond to those they consider to be "legitimate."
It's not clear what this means.
In a letter from Thursday, the White House's council, Tsipolone, said he "is not aware of a precedent to support such broad demands."
Democrats in the house have compiled a list – received by ABC News – which shows that the Trump Administration, a large person, either refused to answer or delay, more than 30 requests for papers and interviews from 15 committees.
This week, President Nadal also increased pressure on the president to confirm the privilege of the executive. The group is interested in talks that Trump might have had for former lawyer Michael Cohen with his then chief prosecutor, Matt Whittaker, who left his post last month after William Barr's confirmation.
According to Nadrel, in a letter to the Chief of Justice at the Justice Department, Whittaker, in a subsequent interview with the Judicial System Commission after a public hearing in February, refused to answer questions "on the basis that one day the chairman wants to invoke the executive privilege to prevent the publicity of these messages. "
"The executive has an obligation to react to Congress's supervision, especially when a commission has expressed its particular need for access to information," said John Bays, who works at the law office of the Justice Department and is now Chief Counsel. in US oversight. "Of course, this letter increases the pressure on the White House to allow Whitaker to answer the questions or actually invoke the privileges of the executive."
"My or Motorway" approach to surveillance is fundamentally incompatible with the idea that our government is control and balance, and that each branch is obliged to try in good faith to comply with the legitimate interests of the other, "Bees added.
Both presidents, Nadler and Cummings, made it clear this week that they intend to issue summons for the documents they are looking for. Last year, the Republicans in the House Intelligence Committee blocked a move by Democrats to call the State Department interpreter in the room during the private meeting of Trump and Putin in Helsinki.
Catherine Folders of ABC News contributed to this report.