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Channeling Trump, White House Atty Knocks Dem ‘Do-Over’

Law360 (May 15, 2019, 9:14 PM EDT) -- The top White House lawyer told congressional Democrats on Wednesday to abandon their sweeping investigation into alleged abuses of power by President Donald Trump, calling it “political theater” and, reiterating Trump’s own words, an attempted “do-over” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year probe.

In a long-awaited response to House Democrats’ probe into corruption and obstruction allegations surrounding the president, White House counsel Pat Cipollone insisted that Congress can’t pursue an inquiry that isn’t tied to legislation.

“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...

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