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10 ways Trump is defying Congress
President Donald Trump is flatly refusing to cooperate in numerous congressional probes of himself and his administration, taking a defiant stance that could trigger protracted court fights with House Democrats.
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March 22, 2019
President Donald Trump is flatly refusing to cooperate in numerous U.S. congressional probes of himself...
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President Donald Trump is flatly refusing to cooperate in numerous U.S. congressional probes of himself and his administration, taking a defiant stance that could trigger protracted court fights with House of Representatives Democrats.

In an unprecedented step, the Trump administration has filed a lawsuit to try to block one congressional subpoena; some Trump advisers have been told to ignore other subpoenas; and a request for Trump's tax returns has not been fulfilled.

In most instances, Trump risks trouble with Congress over subpoenas, "contempt of Congress" citations and civil enforcement actions in court.

Trump's stonewalling has hardened since the release last week of a redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump viewed the report as an exoneration because the special counsel did not charge him with conspiring with Russia or with obstruction of justice. However, the report detailed the Trump campaign's welcoming of help from the Russians and his later efforts to thwart Mueller's inquiry.

Like other senior Democrats who are treating the Mueller report as a road map for further investigations by Congress, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings accused the Trump administration on Wednesday of a "massive, unprecedented, and growing pattern of obstruction."

The following are ways Trump has defied Congress in recent days:

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October 27, 2016
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A green traffic light is seen next to the logo of Germany's largest business bank, Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt...
A green traffic light is seen next to the logo of Germany's largest business bank, Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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June 21, 2018
DON MCGAHN: On Tuesday, the White House told the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that former...
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DON MCGAHN: On Tuesday, the White House told the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that former White House Counsel Don McGahn does not have the legal right to comply with a committee subpoena seeking documents from him on Mueller's probe.
McGahn was a key witness in the probe. The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Democrat Jerrold Nadler, wants to hear from McGahn and review related administration documents that he has.
McGahn has been directed not to produce the documents in response to the committee's subpoena, according to current White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
In a letter to Nadler, Cipollone said McGahn got the documents during the Mueller probe "with the clear understanding that the records remain subject to the control of the White House for all purposes."
McGahn left his White House post last October.

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April 18, 2019
UNREDACTED MUELLER REPORT: The redacted Mueller report, released on April 18 by Attorney General William...
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The Muller Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election is...
UNREDACTED MUELLER REPORT: The redacted Mueller report, released on April 18 by Attorney General William Barr, left some questions about the probe unanswered. Democrats have subpoenaed the unredacted report and the evidence Mueller relied on.

Barr, a Trump appointee, has refused to comply with the subpoena. In response, the House Judiciary Committee met on Wednesday to vote on holding Barr in contempt of Congress.


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April 17, 2019
TAX RETURNS: Unlike past presidents in recent decades, Trump has refused to make public his tax returns,...
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TAX RETURNS: Unlike past presidents in recent decades, Trump has refused to make public his tax returns, raising questions about what is in them. Democrats are probing Trump's past business dealings and possible conflicts of interest involving him.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday denied a leading House Democrat's request for Trump's returns. In a May 6 letter, Mnuchin told House tax committee Chairman Richard Neal that he would not comply with the Democrat's April 3 request, saying it lacks "a legitimate legislative purpose."

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May 14, 2018
MAZARS: Trump has filed a lawsuit attempting to keep U.S. lawmakers from obtaining his financial records....
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MAZARS: Trump has filed a lawsuit attempting to keep U.S. lawmakers from obtaining his financial records. The unprecedented lawsuit seeks to block a subpoena issued by House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Democrat.

The subpoena sought eight years of documents from Mazars USA, an accounting firm long used by Trump. A May 14 court hearing has been set in the case.

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April 01, 2019
CENSUS AND CITIZENSHIP: The Justice Department has rebuffed the Oversight Committee's request for an...
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CENSUS AND CITIZENSHIP: The Justice Department has rebuffed the Oversight Committee's request for an interview with John Gore, an official involved in the administration's decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, if he could not have a Justice Department lawyer at his side.

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June 25, 2018
IMPEACHMENT: Trump has vowed to fight any effort by congressional Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings...
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IMPEACHMENT: Trump has vowed to fight any effort by congressional Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings against him, promising to go to the Supreme Court, even though it plays no role in the constitutional impeachment process.

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May 10, 2017
FBI HEADQUARTERS: Congressional Democrats have complained that the administration has responded too slowly...
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FBI HEADQUARTERS: Congressional Democrats have complained that the administration has responded too slowly to their requests for documents about Trump's abandonment of a plan to relocate the FBI's headquarters.

Before he became president, Trump supported moving the headquarters to the suburbs of Washington from the center of town, said Democrats looking into the matter.

They said that after Trump was elected and disqualified from bidding to buy the FBI's present headquarters site for commercial development, he switched his position. Democrats have raised questions about a possible Trump conflict of interest.

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August 24, 2018
IMMIGRATION AIDE: The White House has refused a request for Trump's top immigration aide Stephen Miller...
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White House policy adviser Stephen Miller at the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner in Columbus
IMMIGRATION AIDE: The White House has refused a request for Trump's top immigration aide Stephen Miller to testify to Congress, in a letter to the House Oversight Committee.

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