President Donald Trump insinuated that he would be willing to cooperate with the newly-announced House Judiciary Committee investigation while slamming the probe as a “political hoax” as he welcomed the FCS Champion North Dakota State University football team to a White House lunch on Monday.
As he was kicking off the meal, a reporter asked the president whether or not he “was going to cooperate” with the new House Judiciary probe being spearheaded by committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).
The president answered by saying that he “cooperates all the time with everybody” before taking jabs at the Nadler probe, calling the move by the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee a “political hoax.”
“I cooperate all the time with everybody. And you know the beautiful thing? No collusion, it’s all a hoax. You’re going to learn that as you grow older: it’s all a political hoax. There’s no collusion. There’s no anything.”
The exchange received some laughs from the people in attendance, with President Trump concluding the team’s welcome by saying, “Folks, go and eat up.”
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Trump welcome the North Dakota State Bison to the White House and catered fast food for the FCS National Champions.
The president also said there was "no collusion" and called top Democrats' pressure for White House documents related to alleged corruption a "political hoax" pic.twitter.com/U0JZ2FSIsE
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The lunch, catered with fast food and reminiscent of the celebration the president held in January for the College Football National Championship-winning Clemson Tigers team amid the government shutdown, came the same day that Nadler announced his new, sweeping probe.
In a statement, Nadler claims that “President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks” on our country’s “basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms” and that the House Judiciary Committee has “an obligation” to “[investigate] these threats.”
“President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms. Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee.”
Nadler continued on in his statement to say that the committee would “act quickly to gather this information” and adding that they “have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts.”
“We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence, and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people. This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts. That is exactly what we intend to do.”
The new investigation is aimed at investigating allegations of obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuses of power. House Judiciary Committee has already reached out to over 80 entities, including the White House and Department of Justice as of Monday. The committee has asked that the contacted entities respond within two weeks.