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9 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 of Representatives Democrats.
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22 Mar. 2019
President Donald Trump is flatly refusing to cooperate... more
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22 Mar. 2019
Washington, UNITED STATES
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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21 Jun. 2018
DON MCGAHN: On Tuesday, the White House told the House... more
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18 Apr. 2019
UNREDACTED MUELLER REPORT: The redacted Mueller report,... more
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17 Apr. 2019
TAX RETURNS: Unlike past presidents in recent decades,... more
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14 May. 2018
MAZARS: Trump has filed a lawsuit attempting to keep... more
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1 Apr. 2019
CENSUS AND CITIZENSHIP: The Justice Department has... more
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25 Jun. 2018
IMPEACHMENT: Trump has vowed to fight any effort by... more
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10 May. 2017
FBI HEADQUARTERS: Congressional Democrats have complained... more
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24 Aug. 2018
IMMIGRATION AIDE: The White House has refused a request... more
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18 Apr. 2019
BANK SUBPOENAS: Trump, his three oldest children and... more
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