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By Danielle Shojai

The White House has rejected the House Democrats’ request for evidence regarding the President Trump-Ukraine dealings, and has labelled the impeachment investigation invalid.

The House Democrats are investigating whether or not President Donald Trump politically pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The White House is refusing to submit key factors in the investigation.

“Never before in our history has the House of Representatives… taken the American people down the dangerous path you seem determined to pursue,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “You have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process,”

Pelosi, in a response letter, called Cipollone’s letter “manifestly wrong,” writing, “Despite the White House’s stonewalling, we see a growing body of evidence that shows that President Trump abused his office and violated his oath to ‘protect, preserve and defend the Constitution.’”

The White House has enforced its stance on the illegitimacy of the inquiry by stating that the House would need to take a series of steps. These steps include holding a full vote to begin impeachment proceedings, allowing subpoenas, and granting the White House access to witness cross-examination as well as evidence.