White House takes stonewalling to new level -- and instructs 81 Trump associates to ignore Congress: report
President Donald Trump (Screen cap).

The Trump White House on Wednesday took its stonewalling of Congress to a new level.


The Washington Post's Rachael Bade reports that the White House has told the House Judiciary Committee that it is "instructing folks not to comply with the doc requests sent to 81 Trump allies and affiliates" by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) earlier this year.

In a letter sent to Nadler, White House attorneys accused the House Judiciary Chairman of trying to have a "do-over" of the Mueller investigation while also arguing Congress has no right to investigate the executive branch for how it exercises its powers.

"Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized ‘do-over’ of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice," the letter said.

It is Department of Justice policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted, which leaves Congress as the only institution that is capable of holding the president liable for criminal wrongdoing while he is serving in the White House.

Read the whole letter below.