Congress has no right to ‘do-over’ of Russia probe, says White House counsel May 16, 2019 0 953 12345 ReuterswashingtonCongress has no right to conduct a “do-over” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the White House said in a letter blasting House Democrats’ “sweeping” requests for documents as an effort to harass political opponents.The May 15 letter from White House counsel Pat Cipollone to House Judiciary Committee chair Jerrold Nadler takes the view that the committee’s probe serves no legitimate legislative purpose.The letter was drafted in response to Nadler’s March 4 request for documents from the White House for a congressional investigation of allegations of obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power. Cipollone asked the committee to narrow its “sweeping” request and provide a legislative purpose, and said many documents would be entitled to be withheld under executive privilege.“The White House will not participate in the committee’s ‘investigation’ that brushes aside the conclusions of the Department of Justice after a two-year-long effort in favor of political theater pre-ordained to reach a preconceived and false result,” Cipollone’s 12-page letter said. A spokesman for Nadler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The documents requested by the Committee relate to everything from the contents of Trump’s meetings with Russian President Putin to his communications with former White House counsel Donald McGahn, the firing of former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, and possible pardons for Trump associates who pleaded guilty to crimes stemming from the probe. RELATED ARTICLES Merkel says she and Macron ‘wrestle’ on policy issues May 16, 2019 0 393 65 migrants rescued off Libya; Salvini says Italy won’t take them May 16, 2019 0 417 Republicans try to spark US top court showdown over access to abortion May 16, 2019 0 709 May ‘sure’ lawmakers will want to deliver Brexit in June vote Reuters LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was confident lawmakers would want to deliver Brexit when legislation to secure Britain’s departure from the European Union comes before parliament next .. France grants asylum to wife of ex-Interpol chief charged in China Reuters PARIS France has granted asylum to the wife of a former head of the international police cooperation agency Interpol, after he was charged in his native China with corruption, the wife’s lawyer said on Wednesday. .. Anarchists throw paint at US ambassador’s home in Greece AFP Athens Greek radical anarchists on Wednesday threw paint outside the home of the American ambassador to Greece in support of a jailed far-left assassin, the group said. “I woke up to more childish vandalism this .. Polish ambassador spat at in Israel amid rising tensions WARSAW: Poland’s ambassador to Israel was spat at while sitting in his car in Tel Aviv, Israeli police said, and the Polish government condemned the incident, which coincided with rising tensions between the two .. Mexico gives ‘protection’ to Venezuelan oppn lawmaker AFP Mexico City The Mexican government said Tuesday that its embassy in Venezuela has taken in opposition lawmaker Franco Manuel Casella to provide him “protection and safety,” even as Mexico City insists it is not ..