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Trump says he is opposed to White House aids to Congress, deepening power struggle with Hill

Robert Costa National political reporter covering the White House, Congress and campaigns Tom Hamburger Investigative reporter focused on money and politics in Washington April 23 at 8:28 PM [19659004] President Trump on Tuesday said he is a member of current and former White House providing testimony to congressional panels in the wake of the special counsel report, intensifying a power struggle between his administration and House Democrats. In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said that compliance with congressional requests was unnecessary after the White House cooperated with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe of Russian interference and the president's own conduct in office. “There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it's very partisan – obviously very partisan, "Trump said. Trump's comments came as the White House made it clear that it plans broadly defy requests for information from Capitol Hill, moving the two branches of government closer to a constitutional collision. On Tuesday, two White House officials said the administration plans to fight a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Separately, the administration directed to form the White House official not to comply with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee, prompting the panel to move to hold him in. contempt of Congress. And the Treasury Department defied a second demand from House Democrats to turn over six years of President Trump's tax returns. Taken together, the moves mark a dramatic escalation of tensions between the president and congressional Democrats –…

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