Cipollone said the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report now makes Congress's questions moot.
The White House has flatly rejected the House Judiciary Committee's request for documents in its sweeping investigation into possible obstruction of justice and abuses of power, accusing the Democratically-controlled committee of seeking to recreate the special counsel investigation to harass the President.
In giving a list of multiple "legal flaws" contained in the committee's recent document demands, Cipollone explained that "it appears that the Committee's inquiry is designed, not to further a legitimate legislative goal, but rather to conduct a pseudo law enforcement investigation on matters that were already the subject of the Special Counsel's long-running investigation and are outside the constitutional authority of the legislative branch".
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"As presently framed, the Committee's inquiries transparently amount to little more than an attempt to duplicate - and supplant - law enforcement inquiries", Cipollone said.
Nadler, in March, asked the White House for information from 81 individuals or entities connected to the president.
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But Cipollone said the inquiry "is designed not to further a legitimate legislative objective, but rather to conduct a pseudo law enforcement investigation on matters that were already the subject of the Special Counsel's long running investigation and are outside the constitutional authority of the legislative branch". But the Department of Justice wrote a memo in 2000 that states Congress can look into "serious wrongdoing" by a president "through its own investigatory powers". "Unfortunately, it appears that you have already chose to press ahead with a duplicative investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to replow the same ground the Special Counsel has already covered". Though Trump and his allies routinely attacked Mueller's integrity, the White House has found fit to praise the special counsel when it suits them: Officials on Wednesday declared Mueller's team to be "professional" and "hard-charging" and insisted that Mueller's conclusions be honored.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Nadler was asked if Democrats may need to push for impeachment if the White House doesn't cooperate with requests.
Wednesday's letter was written in response to the wide-ranging document requests sent out by Nadler's committee in early March. The letter asks the committee to "narrow the sweeping scope of the requests in the letter and articulate the legislative goal and legal support for each of the disparate requests it wishes to pursue, including by addressing each of the legal deficiencies that I raise in this letter".
That list includes an ability to claim executive privilege to block the release of certain documents and to prevent senior aides that are not confirmed by the Senate to testify before Congress. In that letter, he also objected to the committee's vote last week to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena for Mueller's unredacted Russian Federation report and underlying materials - even as Trump asserted executive privilege to protect those documents.