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By Allan Smith
The White House informed the House Judiciary Committee in a letter on Wednesday that it would not comply with a wide range of demands from the panel and called for it to "suspend" its investigation of President Donald Trump.
"Congressional investigations are designed to facilitate the assessment of potential legislation, not to harass political opponents, or to prosecute an unauthorized revision of the Department of Justice's comprehensive law enforcement investigations," said Pat Cipollone, White House attorney. citing the 448-page report by Special Representative Robert Mueller on his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump wanted to obstruct the investigation.
Cipollone, however, wrote that he was not exercising an executive privilege, adding that he would consider tighter proposals from the committee if he could provide the legal support and legislative purpose for such requests.
"It is appropriate that the committee terminate the investigation," Cipollone wrote to jury chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY. "Unfortunately, it seems you have already decided to proceed with a double investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to reflect the same reason that the Special Representative has already dealt with."
At the beginning of March, as part of a comprehensive investigation into whether Trump abused or corrupted his power, Nadler requested information from 81 people or corporations associated with the president.