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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:34 PM

Pence tells House committees he will not cooperate in impeachment inquiry

https://www.axios.com/mike-pence-house-impeachment-inquiry-c3812c61-e1bb-4212-bbb2-7a0544b6d5c6.html

Zachary Basu
30 mins ago
Pence tells House committees he will not cooperate in impeachment inquiry


The counsel for Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to the chairmen of the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine on Tuesday informing them that he will not cooperate with a request for documents in their "self-proclaimed" impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: This is in line with the White House's current stance of blanket noncompliance. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold a press conference on Tuesday evening during which some speculate she could announce a full House vote authorizing the impeachment inquiry daring the administration to continue to defy subpoenas and document requests.

Read the letter:

Dear Chairmen:

The Office of the Vice President has received the Committees' Letter to the Vice President, dated October 4, 2019, which requests a wide-ranging scope of documents, some of which are clearly not vice-presidential records, pursuant to a self-proclaimed "impeachment inquiry." As noted in the October 8, 2019 letter from the White House Counsel to each of you and to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the purported "impeachment inquiry" has been designed and implemented in a manner that calls into question your commitment to fundamental fairness and due process rights.

The Office of the Vice President recognizes the oversight role of your respective committees in Congress. Please know that if the Committees wish to return to the regular order of legitimate legislative oversight requests, and the Committees have appropriate requests for information solely in the custody of the Office of the Vice President, we are prepared to work with you in a manner consistent with well-established bipartisan constitutional protections and a respect for the separation of powers. Until that time, the Office of the Vice President will continue to reserve all rights and privileges that may apply, including those protecting executive privileges, national security, attorney-client communications, deliberations, and communications among the President, the Vice President, and their advisors.

As detailed in the White House Counsel Letter, the House of Representatives has not authorized any "impeachment inquiry." Specifically, the operative House rules do not delegate to any committee the authority to conduct an inquiry under the impeachment power of Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. Instead of being accountable to the American people and casting a vote to authorize what all agree is a substantial constitutional step, you have instead attempted to avoid this fundamental requirement by invoking the Speaker's announcement of an "official impeachment inquiry" at a press conference? Never before in history has the Speaker of the House attempted to launch an "impeachment inquiry" against a President without a majority of the House of Representatives voting to authorize a constitutionally acceptable process.

The Office of the Vice President encourages the Committees to forgo their request to the Office of the Vice President, or hold it in abeyance, pending your discussion with the White House Counsel's Office concerning compliance with constitutionally mandated procedures. Similarly, the Office of the Vice President encourages the Committees to first seek information from primary sources that may be responsive to your broad requests.

Sincerely,
Matthew E. Morgan
Counsel to the Vice President

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Reply Pence tells House committees he will not cooperate in impeachment inquiry (Original post)
babylonsister Oct 2019 OP
Blue Owl Oct 2019 #1
tanyev Oct 2019 #2
pbmus Oct 2019 #3
Girard442 Oct 2019 #5
Girard442 Oct 2019 #4
malaise Oct 2019 #6
dchill Oct 2019 #7
ffr Oct 2019 #8

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:38 PM

1. Watch out -- or he's gonna tell mother on you

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:39 PM

2. Did he ask "Mother, May I?"

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:39 PM

3. Pence continues to play..."Nearer my God to me'

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Response to pbmus (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:40 PM

5. Deck chairs. Gotta arrange the deck chairs.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:40 PM

4. If Pence wants to not cooperate, let him plead the 5th.

Of course, all of his staff will have to take the 5th too, as well as anyone he's ever dealt with. That'll work.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:43 PM

6. Good luck with that Mother's boy

Speaker Nancy will teach you some manners

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:48 PM

7. Good. Planning any other crimes...

...you'd like to publicly announce?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 06:53 PM

8. Spiro Agnew's Ghost has some to add to Pence's defiant message (from months ago, even)

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