House Democrats detailed Wednesday the Trump administration’s efforts to block various congressional investigations, calling the efforts to undermine the probes “unprecedented stonewalling” that is “doing lasting damage to American democracy.”
“President Trump is taking extraordinary and unprecedented measures to conceal information about himself and to cover-up his Administration’s dangerous and secretive activities from the public,” a document, released Wednesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reads. “This is part of a massive, unprecedented and growing pattern of obstruction.”
The document from Pelosi comes as an all-out war between House Democrats and President Donald Trump continues to escalate. Last week, Trump said the White House is “fighting all the subpoenas” issued by congressional committees conducting oversight investigations of the administration. The White House has also instructed certain officials and staffers to not testify before Congress, and the Treasury Department has missed several deadlines to hand over the President’s tax returns.
“President Trump’s stonewalling has metastasized from refusing to release his tax returns or divest his assets to the Trump Administration now refusing to cooperate on every level of government, from sabotaging Americans’ health care to protecting our elections,” the Democrats wrote.
The document, which was developed in coordination with the House Intelligence, Judiciary, Oversight and Financial Services Committees, argues the administration’s actions ignore the fact that Congress is a co-equal branch of government with the power to conduct oversight of the executive branch.
“The President’s disdain for rule of law and the Republicans’ complicity in his abuses of power are doing lasting damage to American democracy,” the document read.
The document also comes just hours before Attorney General William Barr is set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he will answer questions about his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Democrats claim the report “painted a picture of a President whose behavior is immoral, unethical, corrupt and unpatriotic,” and that Trump made “calculated efforts” to “interfere with and obstruct” Mueller’s investigation.
CNN’s Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.