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Pence Won't Cooperate in 'Self-Proclaimed' Impeachment Inquiry

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Vice President Mike Pence (Fernando Vergara/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 October 2019 07:07 PM

Vice President Mike Pence, through a letter from his counsel, Tuesday informed the chairmen for three House committees investigating President Donald Trump and Ukraine he will not cooperate in their "self-proclaimed" impeachment inquiry. 

Pence's counsel Matthew Morgan said in the letter, reported by Axios, that Pence's office has gotten the committees' letter, dated Oct. 4, requesting a wide-ranging number of documents, but some are "clearly not vice-presidential records."

"As noted in the Oct. 8, 2019 letter from the White House Counsel to each of you and to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the purported 'impeachment inquiry' has been designed and implemented in a manner that calls into question your commitment to fundamental fairness and due process rights," Morgan says in his letter, reported through Axios. 

The letter comes as Pelosi, D-Calif., was asking Democrats if they were ready to vote for an official impeachment proceeding, with an announcement planned at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday after she meets with her caucus, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Morgan's letter follows the White House's declaration it will not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, prompting House Democrats to warn, defying their subpoenas could be used as evidence of obstruction in a potential article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. 

Morgan said in his letter, "if the committees involved return to 'legitimate' oversight, then the office of the vice president is willing to work with them, but until that time, Pence's office will continue to reserve all rights and privileges that may apply, including those protecting executive privileges, national security, attorney-client communications, deliberations, and communications among the president, the vice president, and their advisers."

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Vice President Mike Pence will not cooperate in Democrats' "self-proclaimed" impeachment inquiry, as announced in a letter from his counsel Tuesday to the chairmen for three House committees investigating President Donald Trump.
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