White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter dated Monday to Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and antitrust subcommittee chair, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), that the White House would not hand over the records the lawmakers requested.
“As I have conveyed to the Committee before, we stand ready to work to accommodate all congressional committee requests for information related to a legitimate legislative purpose,” Cipollone wrote in the letter obtained by CNN. “We cannot, however, provide the Committee with protected communications between the President and his most senior advisors that are at the very core of the Executive Branchs confidentiality interests.”
Chairmen Nadler and Cicilline received this letter from the White House on their request for documents related to DOJs involvement in the AT&T merger. Statement to follow shortly. pic.twitter.com/ZJ9s57GqzG
— Cicilline Press Office (@RepCicilline) April 16, 2019
The Democrats requested the documents last month following a New Yorker report saying Trump urged his administration to push the U.S. Justice Department to block the merger.