United States President Donald Trump has refused to allow testimony or to comply with the subpoenas issued by the Democrat-run U.S. House of Representatives. In a letter, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone announced Tuesday that the president would not cooperate with the investigation.
By vowing to defy what he calls an “illegitimate” impeachment inquiry, Trump may put himself on the path to making charges more certain as his refusals could lead to a formal accusation against him.
The White House maintains that a formal House vote is essential to start the impeachment process. However, the Democrats are confident they have the Constitution on their side and are advancing without any formal vote.
“The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the president’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in response to the letter. “Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable.”
Trump defended his decision not to cooperate saying the whole case is “a fraud being perpetrated on the American public.” He repeated he was being vilified for “a perfect phone call.”
Nonetheless, he also said Wednesday he could eventually cooperate if the House held a vote and Democrats would “give us [the Republicans] our rights.”