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Trump, Democrats cross swords over powers as 2020 election looms

Trump, Democrats cross swords over powers as 2020 election looms

The U.S. Department of Justice is seen after Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly handed in a keenly awaited report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2019. "It is something else entirely to allow his advisors to appear before Congress, a coordinate branch of government, and answer questions relating to their communications with the President and with each other".

Flood also said Mueller's 448-page report suffered from "an extraordinary legal defect" by failing to determine whether Trump had committed the crime of obstruction of justice.

Sanders told reporters at the White House after an appearance on Fox News that the decision marks "a pretty pathetic moment" for the committee's chairman, Jerry Nadler.

The dueling statements marked a sharp escalation in the conflict between the White House and Democrats who control the House of Representatives.

"What happens if we have 12 or 13 months and the Democrats talk about investigation and impeachment and the support for that among independents continues to drop?" he asked.

The letter, sent to Attorney General William Barr, is dated one day after the unredacted Mueller report was released, though it is unclear if it was delivered to the attorney general on that day.

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"We'll wait to hear what the president has to say", Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.

Meanwhile, the White House has refused to let some members of the Trump administration comply with requests from House Democrats to testify.

The clause says that certain federal officials, including the president, can't accept an emolument from "any King, Prince, or foreign State" without "the Consent of the Congress".

"The president doesn't want him to testify, but the president is trying to have it both ways by claiming to be the most open and transparent ... yet manufacturing these claims of executive privilege that are actually quite thin".

Trump and the Democrats have clashed over what the once-little-known word "emoluments" meant at the time the Founders wrote the Constitution, with Democrats using a broad definition to cover profits from Trump's businesses and Trump seeking a narrow meaning. The Justice Department can try to block that by appealing the ruling.


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