White House refuses Democrat requests for AT&T-Time Warner records
In a letter, White House counsel Pat Cipollone told Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and antitrust subcommittee chair Rep. David Cicilline (D-R) that the White House would not be supplying the documents that the lawmakers requested in a letter to the administration early last month.
“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. “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 Branch’s confidentiality interests.”
In March, The New Yorker reported that President Trump pushed former economic aide Gary Cohn to urge the Justice Department to block the $85 billion merger deal. Reportedly, Cohn resisted Trump’s request. Around the time The New Yorker report went up, Democratic leaders were beginning to prepare a series of letters probing the administration on a variety of issues and perceived scandals. The New Yorker report likely prompted this investigation.