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Disadvantages of leading Cold War-style inquisition against Trump, House Judiciary panel's ranking Republican says

The Top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee unloaded on the panel's chairman, Jerry Nadler, in a letter later on Thursday, accusing the New York Democrat of conducting an unconstitutional "inquisition" into President Trump and his associates reminiscent of Eastern regimes during the Cold War. " Nadler, who would oversee any impeachment proceedings against President Trump, this week announced dozens of document requests – including the National Rifle Association (NRA), WikiLeaks and key figures in the Trump Organization – in a barrage that Nadler called the opening salvo in new and wide-ranging investigations into the White House Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member of the committee, charged at Nadler's investigation runs "of nearly 1 50 years of Supreme Court precedent and over 200 years of oversight conducted by this committee." Collins previously told Nadler to "come back to reality" Specifically, Collins wrote, "Congress can only exercise its oversight power with a valid legislative purpose in sight. Congress should not — and, according to the Supreme Court, not — conduct oversight for the affairs of exposure alone. ”Absent a formal impeachment inquiry – which you have been clear your nascent investigation is not oversight for the sake of exposure is exactly what COLLINS ASKS NADLER HOW MUCH TAXPAYERS ARE SPENDING ON TWO ANTI-TRUMP LAWYERS WORKING ON HOUSE PROBE ns cited Watkins v. United States, a 1957 Supreme Court case that held "there is no general authority to expose the private affairs of persons without justification in terms of the…

The Top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee unloaded on the panel’s chairman, Jerry Nadler, in a letter later on Thursday, accusing the New York Democrat of conducting an unconstitutional “inquisition” into President Trump and his associates reminiscent of Eastern regimes during the Cold War. “

Nadler, who would oversee any impeachment proceedings against President Trump, this week announced dozens of document requests – including the National Rifle Association (NRA), WikiLeaks and key figures in the Trump Organization – in a barrage that Nadler called the opening salvo in new and wide-ranging investigations into the White House

Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member of the committee, charged at Nadler’s investigation runs “of nearly 1

50 years of Supreme Court precedent and over 200 years of oversight conducted by this committee.” Collins previously told Nadler to “come back to reality”

Specifically, Collins wrote, “Congress can only exercise its oversight power with a valid legislative purpose in sight. Congress should not — and, according to the Supreme Court, not — conduct oversight for the affairs of exposure alone. ”Absent a formal impeachment inquiry – which you have been clear your nascent investigation is not oversight for the sake of exposure is exactly what COLLINS ASKS NADLER HOW MUCH TAXPAYERS ARE SPENDING ON TWO ANTI-TRUMP LAWYERS WORKING ON HOUSE PROBE ns cited Watkins v. United States, a 1957 Supreme Court case that held “there is no general authority to expose the private affairs of persons without justification in terms of the functions of the Congress.” also wrote a congressional inquiry “must be related to, and in furtherance of, a legitimate task of congress.”

“Your 81 letters appear to be more than a deep-sea fishing expedition with the purpose of exposing private matters and allegedly dirty laundry rather than legislating, “Collins told Nadler.

Nadler, who has said in televised interviews that he has already personally concluded that Trump” obstructed justice, “initiated requests on the heels of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s dramatic House late testimony late last month

n if he testified he had no evidence of collusion with Russia.

“Because they serve no valid legislative purpose, these requests infringe on recipients protected speech rights and right to associate,” Collins wrote to Nadler. “Instead, your requests are part of a concerted effort to target and punish associates of the president. This effort to intimidate those who choose to associate with the president” through actual or threatened imposition of government power or sanction “violates the First Amendment.”

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According to Collins, both the “depth and breadth” of Nader’s initial investigative forays were “astounding” and “alarming.”

“Were Congress To usurp the executive function of prosecuting crimes, this government would be on the cusp of a constitutional crisis, “Collins concluded. “The provenance of your investigation, launched on the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work and your request for documents already submitted to multiple prosecutorial bodies threatens to place this committee in the untenable position of conducting public show trials for individuals not prosecuted by the special counsel’s office. “

In a similar letter last month, Collins asked Nadler why the panel’s democratic leadership made what he called the” costly “and” unusual “decision this week to her two prominent anti-Trump consultants to conduct a purportedly

Fox News contributed to this report.

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