Nothing in the Constitution, the framers’ debates, or historical practice suggests presidents have a free pass during the final year of their term that allows them to avoid facing impeachment.
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An attorney’s ethical obligations to safeguard discussions with clients can go far beyond attorney-client privilege—even if that client is the president of the United States.
The House could vote on articles of impeachment without further investigation. But if it continues to investigate, it must carefully consider its procedural strategy.
The aggressive letter from the White House counsel to Congress, announcing that the president will not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, is further evidence of the deterioration of norms in the conduct of senior government positions.
The chairmen of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry compelling him to produce documents for the impeachment inquiry. The subpoena requests information related to Perry’s involvement in President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Zelensky and Perry’s other activities in Ukraine. The letter can be found here and below.
The chairmen of three House Committees—Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs—sent a letter to John Dowd to compel his clients, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, to produce documents as part of the impeachment inquiry. The letter further indicated that Parnas and Fruman are expected to appear for testimony at a later date.
Despite what White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have argued, it is constitutionally acceptable for the House to initiate an impeachment without a formal vote.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone has sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and various committee chairmen indicating that the president "cannot participate" in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The letter is available here and below.
Chairman Elijah E. Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Chairman Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee and Chairman Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a subpoena to the White House for the production of documents related to the committees' ongoing impeachment inquiry.