Mike Pence Makes It Clear He Will Not Cooperate With Dems’ Impeachment Inquiry


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Vice President Mike Pence has made it clear to House Dems that he is NOT on board with their impeachment inquiry against President Trump over his alleged undue “pressuring” of the Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

Democrats attempted to request documents from Mike Pence, but the VP has refused to comply and will not release them.

Pence just sent a letter to Democrats letting them know his intention to not cooperate with their impeachment inquiry.

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Marketwatch has more to say about Pence's refusal to comply with the impeachment inquiry:

Vice President Mike Pence is refusing to comply with House Democrats’ request for a long list of documents as part of their impeachment inquiry.

 The vice president’s counsel, Matthew E. Morgan, shared the news in a letter to the chairs of the investigating committees Tuesday evening. He’s echoing President Donald Trump’s lawyers’ complaints that the House has not held a formal vote on the investigation.

 

Morgan slammed what he’s calling a “purported ‘impeachment inquiry,’” claiming it “has been designed and implemented in a manner that calls into question” the members’ “commitment to fundamental fairness and due process rights.”

USA Today also said:

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday refused to turn over documents requested by House Democrats as part of their impeachment inquiry.

The White House has said it will not cooperate with an investigation it considers unfair and illegitimate, a claim it bases in part on the fact that the House has not formally voted to begin impeachment proceedings.

Pence's attorney echoed that reasoning in a letter sent Tuesday to the chairmen of the investigating committees. 

Counsel Matthew E. Morgan also wrote that some of the documents that Democrats had asked Pence to produce by Tuesday "are clearly not vice-presidential records."

"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," Morgan wrote, "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."

House Democrats did not immediately say Tuesday whether they will subpoena Pence for the documents.

They have warned the White House that failure to comply with requests for documents and witnesses can be evidence of obstruction, a potentially impeachable offense.

“The case for obstruction of Congress continues to build,” Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a joint news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday night.

Pelosi restated her position that a House vote is not needed under the Constitution to launch an impeachment investigation.

“There’s no requirement that we have a vote so at this time we will not be having a vote,” Pelosi said.



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