3/21, 8:50 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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WH rejects House plea for Trump-Putin communication

The White House refused to provide three congressional committees with documents relating to President Donald Trump's private discussions with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Politico reported on Thursday. In a letter to the chairmen of Democrat-led House committees, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone rebuffed these demands due to lack of legal authority for the proposition.

"It is settled law that the Constitution entrusts the conduct of foreign relations exclusively to the Executive Branch, as it makes the President the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations," Cipollone said, adding that the president needs to engage foreign leaders without a fear those communications will be used for partisan political purposes.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings demanded that both Trump and the State Department turn over all materials related to Washington-Moscow communication.

Breaking the News / MA