Top House Dems Request Documents from WH on Trump’s Communications With Putin

Вторник, 05 Мар, 2019

A powerful USA congressional panel on Monday demanded documents from a who's who of President Donald Trump's turbulent world, targeting 81 people, government agencies and other groups as part of an investigation into possible obstruction of justice or abuse of power.

On Monday Nadler revealed his committee has requested documents from more than 70 entities and individuals, from the White House to Donald Trump Jr.to Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. The aggressive, broad investigation could set the stage for impeachment, although Democratic leaders have pledged to investigate all avenues and review special counsel Robert Mueller's report before taking drastic action.

According to Kavanagh, even if Democrats can't get Trump on collusion, it's highly likely that they're going to go after POTUS on campaign finance violations linked to hush payments made prior to the 2016 presidential election to Trump's alleged mistress Stormy Daniels.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands in Helsinki, on July 16.

Asked if he believed the President obstructed justice, Mr Nadler said, "Yes, I do".

But Nadler ― like other top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ― continued to express reservations about opening impeachment proceedings against Trump.

The oversight panel also has given the White House until Tuesday to respond to document requests surrounding its clearance process, some of which panel Democrats have been seeking for months.

And past year, the White House announced that it would stop the practice of regularly issuing readouts of phone calls between Trump and foreign leaders, which means the public has no idea how often he speaks with Putin by phone.

Mark Zaid runs a national security-focused law firm in Washington, D.C. In an email, he explained that such wide-ranging inquiries are actually nothing new for presidential administrations.

Various current and former Trump administration officials have been hit with document requests, including Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Jared Kushner, among others.

Nadler sent letters Monday to 81 agencies, individuals and other entities related to Trump, including the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign, the Trump Foundation, the presidential inaugural committee, the White House, the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and presidential aides, The New York Times reported.

Nadler previewed the announcement on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, contending it's "very clear" that Trump obstructed justice.

Nadler told Stephanopoulos that "impeachment is a long way down the road" and "we're far from making decisions" about whether pursue it.

"You know attractive thing, no collusion".

The probe comes following mid-term elections in the United States that gave Democrats a majority over Trump's Republicans in the House. Congressman Collins discussed how his Amendment to H.R. 8, notifying ICE when an illegal immigrant fails a background check when trying to purchase a firearm, has caused a civil war in the democrat party between the 26 who voted with Republicans on the bill and those who sided with Speaker Pelosi.

"That is something that we will have to await Bob Mueller's report and the underlying evidence to determine". The panel is prepared to use its subpoena power if needed, the lawyer said.