Jerrold Nadler: Trump makes ‘it impossible to rule out impeachment’ after rejected document requests

May 16, 2019 GMT

Rep. Jerrold Nadler said Thursday President Trump is making it impossible to keep impeachment off the table following the executive branch rejecting a House Judiciary Committee documents request in an investigation of possible obstruction of justice by the president.

“The president’s posture now is making it impossible to rule out impeachment or anything else. The letter we got from the White House is beyond outrageous. ... Obviously this flies in the face of 200 years of history, and if accepted it would go to making the president, any president, a dictator, and we cannot accept that,” Mr. Nadler, New York Democrat and committee chairman, said.


Mr. Nadler criticized the president in a separate interview provided by The Hill, calling Mr. Trump “a tyrant” and his stonewalling of House investigations “un-American.”

“The implication of what they’re doing would make a president a tyrant in the sense of not being accountable to the American people, not being answerable to Congress, and that no one could hold him accountable, and that is simply un-American and we cannot abide it,” he said.

The White House said Wednesday it will cooperate with “legitimate” investigative requests from Congress but said in a letter to Mr. Nadler that the requests aren’t fair so far, and he should go back and start again.

The Trump administration has denied requests from House Democrats in multiple investigations, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report, Mr. Trump’s tax returns and the security clearance screening process.

Stephen Dinan and Gabriella Muoz contributed to this article.