Lawmakers demand documents from White House for Trump investigation

Saul Bowman
March 6, 2019

Schiff and other Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee past year pushed for Republicans to subpoena the USA interpreter who sat in on Trump and Putin's one-on-one discussion in Helsinki that summer.

"Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress".

"Ridiculous!" he exclaimed on Twitter. Given that, Nadler's ABC interview led to a question: President Nixon was threatened with impeachment for obstruction of justice. "Their intimidation and abuse of American citizens is shameful".

Eighty-one people, agencies and organizations were named by the committee as recipients of document requests, including Trump's adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is Ivanka's husband and a White House adviser.

Several other committees are probing related matters as well, and while many might overlap, the committee chairmen and chairwomen say they are working together on the investigations.

The State Department pledged to "work cooperatively with the committees".

Now that Democrats hold a majority in the House, the new probe is a sign that Mr Trump's legal and political peril is nowhere near over, even as Mr Mueller's Russian Federation investigation winds down.

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".

On top of the investigations, there's more bad news for President Trump this week.

When a reporter asked him Monday if he was going to cooperate with the investigation led by Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Trump replied: "I cooperate all the time with everybody".

He added: "You know, the lovely thing?" No collusion. It's all a hoax. The panel will also look into corruption claims.

Newly empowered House Democrats are flexing their strength with blossoming investigations.

Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, whom Cohen implicated in multiple crimes last week during testimony he gave to the House Oversight Committee, is on the list.

Ultimately, it is important that the American people know the nature and extent of Russian involvement in our election, the nature and extent of complicity among the Trump campaign and others, and have a clear view of whether our election process was compromised. He tried to-he fired-he tried to protect Flynn from being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Equally, we must protect and respect the work of Special Counsel, but we can not rely on others to do the investigative work for us". White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was quick to issue a blistering response, offering a big dose of red meat to Trump's far-right base. Trump denies the affair.

Undeniably, Mueller's report is poised to make numerous allegations, at the very least about the president having been involved in obstruction of justice and other possible criminal behavior.

The committee seeks from Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer who called Trump a "con man" and a "cheat" in congressional testimony last week, "any audio or video recordings" of conversations with Trump or conversations about his presidential campaign.

The list, which asks for materials concerning possible obstruction of justice by the president, or possible conspiracy between Trump associates and Russian officials, marks the opening salvo of what some expect to be a fight between Congress and the Justice Department over Mueller's files.

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