Democrats looking to meddle in the affairs of President Donald Trump got a hard rejection when the White House denied their request for intel on Trump’s private meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the beginning of the month, Democrats involved with House intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight committees all made requests for the details of dialogue between Trump and Putin.
Recently Pat Cipollone of the White House counsel sent letters to each of the three committee’s chairmen, rejecting all requests.
“The president must be free to engage in discussions with foreign leaders without fear that those communications will be disclosed and used as fodder for partisan political purposes,” Cipollone wrote, “No foreign leader would engage in private conversations with the president, or the president’s senior advisors, if such conversations were subject to public disclosure (or disclosure to committees of Congress).”
Cipollone also pointed out that “the conduct of foreign affairs is a matter that the Constitution assigns exclusively to the President.”