President Trump’s administration has suffered, like no other in our history, from legal harassment by Democrat-dominated courts and committees. We reported a couple of weeks ago on how “presidential harassment,” as Trump has dubbed it, is a real problem; conventions and rules are being ignored as every leftist with the power to order an investigation scrambles to have a go at our commander in chief. Now the White House seems to have had enough and is preparing to slap down one of its most aggressive harassers.
It’s obvious, that in any democracy, there has to be some way of holding our leaders to account. The US government has robust procedures, developed over a couple of centuries of good and bad presidents, to make sure our chief executives are obeying the law. If a president does something wrong there are ways of dealing with that. What’s changed under President Trump is that many of his opponents are launching wide-ranging “investigations” that are really no more than fishing expeditions. They’re not investigating presidential misdemeanors — they’re looking for them.
- The House Judiciary Committee is mostly responsible for overseeing federal courts and law enforcement agencies, but it’s also responsible for impeaching federal officials.
- One thing it’s not responsible for is launching open-ended investigations of the entire administration in the hope of finding something that can be used to impeach the president. However, that’s exactly what the Democrat-controlled committee is doing right now.
- This week the Judiciary Committee asked the White House for a wide range of documents they wanted to examine as part of their sweeping inquiry. It seems the White House is fed up having to turn over huge amounts of paperwork for the president’s detractors to fish in, and they’re taking a stand.
- Pat Cipollone, head of the White House counsel’s office, is reported to be drafting a letter to the committee that flatly refuses to turn over the documents, citing executive privilege.
- Cipollone has already sent similar letters to the oversight, foreign affairs and intelligence committees, which have been coordinating their activities with the judiciary committee to cause maximum inconvenience to the president.
- The president has called the ongoing harassment by congressional committees “the greatest overreach in the history of our country.” Meanwhile, David Bossie, a Trump aide as well as a former investigator himself, described the investigations as a witch hunt.
- Among other things, the House Judiciary Committee has demanded documents relating to Russia, the FBI, the CIA, Trump’s alleged mistresses and conflicts between the White House and anti-Trump activists in the Justice Department. It looks like they’re not going to get them without a fight.