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Cummings Responds To White House Not Releasing Documents

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Published on March 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Cummings Responds To White House Not Releasing Documents

Cummings responded Tuesday to a letter from White House counsel rejecting the committee's request for security clearance documents.

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Cummings Responds To White House Not Releasing Documents

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings criticized the White House for not handing over documents regarding the administration’s security clearance approval process — again.

In a  letter made public  Tuesday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone rejected Cummings’ request for the documents.

Cipollone called the committee’s request “intrusive” and said the panel did not give any legal reasoning for why the White House had to turn over the documents.

Cummings  responded in a statement , saying: "The White House appears to be arguing that Congress has no authority to examine decisions by the Executive Branch.

... 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."  The House oversight committee  opened an investigation  into the White House's security clearance approval process — and why it allegedly ignored its own procedures — in January.

CNN reported  Tuesday the president had ordered former White House chief of staff John Kelly to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump security clearance.

Less than a week ago,  The New York Times reported  that President Trump had also asked Kelly to grant clearance to his son-in-law Jared Kushner.  Meanwhile, another investigation just began earlier this week.

A House panel  launched an investigation  Monday into possible obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power by President Trump.  Also on Tuesday,  the president signaled  that the White House won't comply with Democrats' request for those documents either.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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