The powers and authority of an elected office do not change depending upon whether you like or agree with the person in that office.
This means that when the House of Representatives or one of its committees requests documents or testimony or issues a subpoena, an administration can't simply ignore the request " or send an eight-page letter from lawyers that amounts to a middle finger.
It doesn't matter if the administration officials insist there's nothing important in the requested documents, or if the administration says the demand for the documents is just a "blatant partisan maneuver to discredit the White House in an election year."
In the coming days, you're going to hear members of Congress outraged at the White House defiance of a coequal branch of government. They will argue that the refusal to comply with demands amounts to a coverup of a crime, a violation of the Constitution, and that resisting officials like the attorney general "knows the answers are there because he's the one who has the documents that contain the answers we're looking for. He's the gatekeeper here, and if he won't give us the information this institution needs to do our duty, our constitutional duty, then we will use every legal and constitutional tool that we have to get to it."
You're going to hear members of the president's party declare that "this is a witch hunt, pure and simple, Mr. Speaker, and it has no place in this House." They will howl that the fight "is about politics" and the opposition "doing whatever it takes to attack the administration, no matter the issue, no matter the cost."
Members of the president's party will contend that perhaps the fight is the point, that the outcome matters less to the House majority leaders than assuring their base that they're fighting the president with everything they've got: "Under this majority, everything has to be a fight " everything. Everything has to be a confrontation. Everything has to be a showdown. And I get the politics. I understand this is an election year. But this goes way, way too far. It is just wrong." The president and his allies will argue that the opposition party's base voters never recognized the preceding election's results, and furious grassroots activists believe that the president isn't really legitimate, and that thus they cannot possibly honor a request driven by such unhinged and extreme motives.
And in the end, it will all result in the House finding Eric Holder in contempt.
Oh, I was talking about former attorney general Eric Holder's refusal to turn over documents to Congress about Fast and Furious back in 2012; what did you think I was talking about?
It's funny how things change when the other side is in power. I'll be very interested to hear how Congressional Republicans respond to Trump thwarting Dem's document requests, etc.