The White House announced on Tuesday that it will not comply with requests for information from the three House committees overseeing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The news came shortly after Trump instructed European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland from testifying before the committees and continues a pattern of resistance to oversight long established by the White House even before the impeachment inquiry began.

Joining the President's outside counsel will be former Republican South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy. Gowdy will likely have to defend the White House's decision to withhold information from Congress, but one of the best counterarguments to that decision has already been made...by Gowdy himself.

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U.S. President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, May 3, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

This morning, President Donald Trump Tweeted, "Is this Phony Witch Hunt going to go on even longer so it wrongfully impacts the Mid-Term Elections, which is what the Democrats always intended? Republicans better get tough and smart before it is too late!"

Trump consistently refers to Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, a probe led by Trump's own United States Attorney General office's duly appointed Republican Special Counsel, as a "witch hunt." He also takes issue with the length of time of the investigation.

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US President Donald Trump speaks alongside his daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner during a Cabinet Meeting. (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

As of November 2017, over 130 political appointees working in the Executive branch with President Donald Trump continued to access classified material on a regular basis with no security clearance. The Trump administration has not released the exact number remaining, but they may soon have to.

Representative Trey Gowdy, the one-time chair of the Benghazi commission, plans to launch a more thorough investigation in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal. Porter resigned after details regarding past allegations of domestic violence. Porter was on the November list of appointees with access to the Oval Office with no security clearance or background check. President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner also appeared on that list.

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[DIGEST: ABC, Buzzfeed]

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump "a national disgrace" and "international pariah" according to newly revealed emails hacked from his private account.The website DCLeaks.com–which has alleged ties to Russian intelligence services–obtained the emails. The hack is the latest suggestion that Russan entities are attempting to influence November's presidential election. The FBI said in July that it believes that Russian intelligence orchestrated the hack of the Democratic National Committee's internal emails before the party's convention. The Daily Caller reported that hackers seized much of Powell's correspondence over the last two years and that Powell wrote these emails between June 2014 and August 2016.

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[DIGEST: The Hill, CNN, Politics USA]

A U.S. official familiar with the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server stated that the FBI has found no evidence Clinton intentionally violated the law, according to CNN. The investigation is ongoing, however, and remains focused on the security of the server and the handling of classified information.

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[DIGEST: CNN, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post]

Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy’s comments to Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday have created a firestorm, not just among Democrats, but among Republicans as well, who are scrambling to distance themselves from the latest political controversy. The question: whether the $4.5 million taxpayer-funded Benghazi Select Committee was motivated to undermine presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s campaign. After McCarthy’s comments, it appears the answer is yes.

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