Trump encircled: House Democrats launch sprawling probe into 'abuse of power'

Wednesday, 06 Mar, 2019

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday (March 4), an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced on Monday that his committee served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals as part of its probe into "alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump".

"According to media reports, President Trump, on multiple occasions, appears to have taken steps to hide details of his communications with President Putin from other administration officials, Congress and the American people", the chairmen of the three committees said in their letter to Mulvaney.

Mr Nadler's announcement comes after the House intelligence panel announced a separate probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Mr Trump's foreign financial interests.

Other high-profile names on the list include perennially embattled White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former White House counsel Don McGahn and the president's inaugural committee.

Though Ivanka Trump did not attend a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that Trump Jr. and Kushner participated in with Russians who offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, she did speak briefly with a Russian lawyer and a lobbyist who went to the meeting.

Asked if there was any witness Trump didn't want testifying, Cobb said the "President was very clear from day one that, you know, anybody who was asked, you know, should be encouraged to do so voluntarily".

Nadler's requests come as House Democrats are ramping up numerous investigations of the president, their first steps in a months-long effort that could lead to impeachment proceedings. While the Mueller investigation is focused on specific crimes, Congress' probes will cast a wider net, Nadler said.

Wikileaks, and its founder Julian Assange, have also been sent documents requests by the committee.

Ranking Member House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Doug Collins-(R-GA), spoke with Brian Kilmeade about House Democrats expanding their investigations into President Trump. This, even after the FBI, multiple congressional committees, and probably the Mueller investigation all failed to find evidence of collusion between Trump and Russian Federation.

Representatives for the White House and Justice Department said the document requests were being reviewed.

Congressional probes will look into some of Trump's closest business partners, including Allen Weisselberg, the CFO of the Trump Organization, his son Donald Trump Jr., as well as the Justice Department.

'There's no link to Trump or the campaign, ' Cobb said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has confirmed the receipt of the House's request, saying that "the [White House] Counsel's Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time".

The Bison are visiting the White House after winning seven of the last eight FCS national titles.

The first item on Nadler's document request asks Manafort to provide materials related to "possible pardons for yourself, [former national security adviser] Michael Flynn, or [former Trump personal lawyer] Michael Cohen".

"For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the 'walk.'" Trump tweeted Sunday.