President Trump on Tuesday signaled the White House will not comply with a barrage of congressional investigations, accusing Democrats in the House of launching the probes to hurt his chances of winning reelection in 2020.
“It’s a disgrace to our country. I’m not surprised that it’s happening. Basically, they’ve started the campaign. So the campaign begins,” Trump told reporters at the White House after signing an executive order on veterans’ suicide prevention.
“Instead of doing infrastructure, instead of doing health care, instead of doing so many things that they should be doing, they want to play games,” he continued.
Trump suggested he was unwilling to comply with the House Judiciary Committee’s requests for documents related to 81 of his associates, citing what he said was former President Obama’s handling of congressional probes during his time in office.
“They didn’t give one letter. They didn’t do anything. They didn’t give one letter of the requests,” he said.
The Obama administration released thousands of pages of documents, including a trove of Hillary Clinton’s personal emails, during House Republicans’ investigation of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
SOURCE: JORDAN FABIAN