Defying Dems’ probe, Trump makes impeachment more certain

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President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on “transparency in Federal guidance and enforcement” in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House letter vowing to defy what it calls the “illegitimate” impeachment inquiry has put President Donald Trump on a more certain path to actual charges. His refusal to honor subpoenas or allow testimony would likely play into formal accusations against him.

The letter sent by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said the president would not participate in the impeachment investigation. Democrats say that just gives them reason to write an article of impeachment charging obstruction.

WATCH: President Trump predicts impeachment fight could go to the Supreme Court

President Trump predicts Impeachment fight could go to high court

President Trump predicts Impeachment fight with House Democrats could go to the Supreme Court. Trump also signs an executive order on transparency in federal guidance and enforcement. Details: http://bit.ly/2ICKQOf

Posted by CBS 42 on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The White House insists that a formal House vote is necessary to start impeachment, but Democrats are moving ahead without one. They say the Constitution gives them the sole power to decide how impeachment is conducted.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump “will be held accountable” as polls indicate increased public support for impeachment.

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