(National Sentinel) On Offense: Fed up with a recalcitrant Justice Department that has been refusing, slow-walking, or overly-redacting documents demanded by various congressional oversight committees investigating Deep State malfeasance during the Obama administration, President Donald J. Trump has threatened to use his “presidential powers” to force compliance.
Threatening also to “get involved” in the process, the president’s tweet made it clear he’s fed up with the stonewalling and wants the Justice Department, which falls under his control, to act in accordance with congressional requests for documents and information.
“A Rigged System – They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal ‘justice?’ At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!” Trump tweeted.
A Rigged System – They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal “justice?” At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2018
The president’s tweet follows earlier comments by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who said he won’t be “extorted” into providing documents to Congress — despite the Legislative Branch’s legitimate and constitutional oversight role.
“There have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time and I think they should understand by now the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted,” he said at an event in Washington.
The tweet also comes after the Justice Department said it was refusing a congressional request for Rosenstein’s memo authorizing special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Washington Examiner, which obtained a copy.
“Although we are working to accommodate the requests of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a number of oversight matters, we cannot provide the requested information pertaining to the Special Counsel’s ongoing investigation consistent with longstanding principles of investigatory independence,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd writes.
He added that handing over the unredacted memo would “threaten the integrity” of Mueller’s investigation, according to the letter.