WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Wednesday that the administration will respond to the House Judiciary Committee’s request for documents “as we deem appropriate,” even as the West Wing bashes the probe as a “fishing expedition.”
“We’re going to continue to respond as we deem appropriate and we’ll keep you posted on what that looks like,” Sanders said outside the West Wing.
The House Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), issued requests for documents to 81 people and groups in Trump’s orbit, including White House staff and former administration personnel.
After receiving the initial request, Sanders said Monday morning that the White House would review it and respond appropriately. But Monday evening, she released a fiery statement calling the investigation “disgraceful and abusive.”
“Democrats are harassing the President to distract from their radical agenda of making America a socialist country, killing babies after they’re born, and pushing a ‘green new deal’ that would destroy jobs and bankrupt America,” Sanders said. “The Democrats are not after the truth, they are after the President.”
On Wednesday, Sanders declined to address one issue under lawmakers’ purview: reports that the president bucked intelligence officials and senior staff pushing for White House aides Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s daughter and son-in-law, to have security clearance.
“As you know, we’re not going to comment on security clearances,” Sanders said. “That’s the policy of the White House and that continues to be the policy of the White House.”
In January, Trump denied playing any role in Kushner receiving clearance.