Chairman Jerrold Nadler said “the goal of the probe was ‘to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power’ within the Trump administration.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler unleashed a probe into President Donald Trump’s administration, businesses, and family on Monday morning. From Fox News:
Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Monday the committee served document requests to 81 agencies, entities and individuals, as Democrats unveiled a probe into “alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump.”
In addition to the White House, Nadler is also seeking information from Trump family members, like Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Jared Kushner; from former administration figures like former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former spokeswoman Hope Hicks; and from Trump campaign figures like Brad Parscale and Corey Lewandowski.
“Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms,” Nadler said in a statement. “Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee.”
The panel sent these requests to 81 people and entities. They have to respond by March 18. Axios has the entire list, but some names that stick out include Corey Lewandowski, David Pecker, Eric Trump. Donald Trump Jr, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks.
At the Trump Organization, top executives Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and chief legal officer Alan Garten are covered under the Democrats’ document requests, as well as Trump’s longtime personal secretary Rhona Graff. Notably, the House panel didn’t include Trump’s oldest adult daughter, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, in its initial round of document requests despite her long-standing connections to her father’s business empire.
Democrats also are seeking materials from several Trump officials who have been charged in the nearly two-year old Mueller probe, including Flynn, Manafort, Trump 2016 campaign deputy Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos and longtime Trump associate Roger Stone.
The probe comes after Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen testified in front of the House Oversight Committee where he named other people associated with Trump “who may have been involved in crimes Cohen has pleaded guilty to, including lying to Congress and committing campaign-finance violations tied to hush-money payments.”
The White House confirmed it received a letter from Nadler. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that “[T]he Counsel’s Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time.”
Nadler spoke about the probe on ABC’s This Week on Sunday morning. He stated that “the goal of the probe was ‘to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power’ within the Trump administration.”
Trump told reporters that he will “cooperate all the time with everybody. You know the beautiful thing: no collusion. It is all a hoax.”
I guess the Judiciary Committee will not be satisfied with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian collusion with Trump’s campaign in 2016. If Mueller found no evidence of collusion, the Democrats will not stop until they find something to impeach Trump. House and Ways Committee ChairmanDONATE
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