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President Donald Trump confirmed Friday that he intends to send a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stating that, until the full House votes to authorize the chamber's ongoing impeachment inquiry, the administration will not comply with subpoenas and other demands for witness testimony and documents.
© Getty/Chip Somodevilla President Donald Trump talks to journalists on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One and traveling to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center October 4 in Washington, DC.
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Trump and Republicans—who've been daring Pelosi to vote on the matter—believe that such a move would put vulnerable swing state Democrats in a tough spot and force members to more officially go on the record, as all but a handful of House Democrats support an impeachment inquiry into Trump.
The White House has refused for months to cooperate with various congressional subpoenas for witness testimonies and documents, and its directed current and former officials to not comply. And the response to subpoenas and information requests under Democrats' impeachment inquiry in recent weeks has—thus far—been no different.
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"The Democrats—unfortunately, they have the votes. They could vote very easily, even though most of them—many of them—don't believe they should do it," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn. "A lot of them are in—they call them Trump districts, where I won... I think [Pelosi] is afraid to lose her position."
But Pelosi has reiterated she has no intention to hold a floor vote and stated her belief that one is not required to launch an inquiry—a conviction that is backed by legal experts and the Constitution.
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"There is nothing in the Constitution that requires a full House vote to launch an impeachment inquiry," Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky told Newsweek. "That has been done before, but it is not a constitutional requirement. President...
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