President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration will challenge “all the subpoenas” sent his way by congressional Democrats, escalating partisan tensions that have reached new heights since the publication of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Trump said Democrats’ ramped-up investigatory efforts — which just this week have included fights over subpoenas of the president’s financial records and former White House counsel Don McGahn — are a ploy to defeat him in 2020.
“We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” the president said on the White House lawn before departing for a summit on the opioid crisis in Atlanta.
Dramatic clashes between the White House and congressional Democrats this week threaten the possibility of even modest compromises between the president and Capitol Hill and set the stage for potentially lengthy court battles.
“Look, these aren’t, like, impartial people,” Trump said Wednesday. “The Democrats are trying to win 2020. They’re not going to win with the people that I see. And they aren’t going to win against me.”
He added that the only way Democrats could “luck out” is by “constantly going after me on nonsense.”
Mueller’s 448-page report provided new details about the 22-month probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The special counsel said there was not enough evidence to show that the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin but added that the president’s campaign was aware of Russian activities and knew it would benefit from them.
The report also did not take a stance on whether Trump obstructed justice but said Congress has the authority to conduct its own investigation of the president’s actions.
Republicans used the Russia findings to argue Trump was cleared of any wrongdoing, even though Mueller said he was not exonerating the president on the obstruction issue. Democrats, meanwhile, said they would continue their congressional probes into the president, his administration and his businesses, which some lawmakers said could lead to impeachment.
Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine