Oh my. And they did this self identification in writing and in the public record.
By sundance, the Conservative Treehouse
I’ve probably reviewed thousands of congressional letters, and intelligence committee letters from oversight, along with even more executive agency responses. In fact, CTH has shared hundreds of outlines covering granular details within many of the internal memos and correspondences. However, I have never seen anything like this before.
This is the Congress telling officials of the Executive Branch to ignore a lawful order by the Chief Executive.
Legislative branch members: Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and Mark Warner write a letter today to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding the executive branch cabinet members withhold information from the White House.
One could quibble here that the President and his (appropriately cleared staff) already have access to the classified versions of all of these documents and electronic communications. The Congress is not so much denying access to this information to the President as they are denying access to this information to the Sovereign Power of the United States under the Constitution; We the People.
Perhaps more stunningly, and extra-constitutionally (meaning outside the framework of constitutional separation of power), within the jaw-dropping letter the four Democrats outline previous verbal conversations and current agreements with Coats, Rosenstein and Wray where the Cabinet officers agreed to keep information away from the White House Chief Executive, the President.
All four should be horsewhipped, tarred and feathered, and run out of this Republic on a rail.