Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump Assails New Democratic Investigation

Trump Assails New Democratic Investigation

The chairman reiterated the request last week after a bombshell report from the New York Times revealed that president Trump overruled the concerns of the Central Intelligence Agency to give Kushner, his son-in-law, a security clearance.

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.

Other demands for documents are directed to institutions including the White House, the Justice Department, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition team and the Trump Organization.

"We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption and into obstruction of justice", Mr Nadler said.

And though Nadler said on Sunday that "impeachment is a long way down the road", the possibility of removing Trump from office looms over the investigation.

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

The committee chairmen specifically asked to interview any staff who were at Trump's meetings with Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017, and their summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.

"It's very clear - 1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to - he fired - he tried to protect (former national security adviser Michael) Flynn from being investigated by the FBI", Nadler said.

Trump maintains that his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation and has repeatedly attacked the investigation, Mueller and the Mueller staff on Twitter.

He told a CPAC crowd over the weekend, "They don't have anything with Russian Federation".

Nadler is asking for most of the responses by March 18th and says they're a way to "begin building the public record".

Also on the committee's list are others who worked on Trump's 2016 campaign or in the White House such as Hope Hicks, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer; Rhona Graff, a long-time executive assistant at the Trump Organization; and David Pecker, chief executive of American Media, which publishes the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer.

The White House says it has received the House Judiciary Committee's letter requesting documents related to the Trump administration, family and business as part of an expanding Russian Federation investigation.

Several other committees are probing related matters, and while many might overlap, the leaders say they are working together on the investigations.

Flipping the table on the Democrats as they look to see if Trump obstructed justice, he claimed they are doing so in the "greatest overreach in the history of our Country". But Ivanka Trump was omitted, even though former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told lawmakers last week he briefed her numerous times about a Trump skyscraper project in Moscow.

The Republican senator from Kentucky said in a speech Saturday he "can't vote to give extra-Constitutional powers to the president".

Cohen, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, tax evasion and campaign finance violations, called Trump a "conman" and a "cheat" in the testimony before the House Oversight Committee. Stone has repeatedly denied he conspired with WikiLeaks.

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