Published: Tue, March 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

US House to probe abuse of power & corruption by Donald Trump

US House to probe abuse of power & corruption by Donald Trump

Jerrold Nadler has warned the House of Representative panel will request documents from more than 60 people from Mr Trump's administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russian Federation investigation.

The subpoenas and investigations come in part from last week's testimony from former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen who, Nadler said, "directly implicated the president in various crimes-both while seeking the office of president and while in the White House".

"According to media reports, President Trump, on multiple occasions, appears to have taken steps to hide the details of his communications with President Putin from other administration officials, Congress, and the American people", chairmen Adam Schiff, Elliot Engel and Elijah Cummings wrote.

The Georgia congressman also accused Nadler of being pushed by anti-Trump elements in his party and in his district.

Nadler said that the document requests, with responses to most due by March 18, are a way to "begin building the public record" and that the committee has the responsibility to investigate and hold public hearings. "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". Will Trump's childhood barber get a document request?

"Congress has a constitutional duty to conduct oversight over the Department and the White House to determine, among other things, the impact of those communications on US foreign policy, whether federal officials, including President Trump, have acted in the national interest, and whether the applicable laws, regulations, and agency procedures. have been complied with and remain sufficient", they said in the letter.

Two months after Democrats took control of the House, the Judiciary Committee is getting down to business.

Nadler described focusing on potential obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuses of power.

FILE - Special counsel Robert Mueller, in charge of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, departs Capitol Hill, in Washington, June 21, 2017.

"We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence, and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people", Nadler said. "This guy at least, and most people on the Democratic side, are going to switch the thing and say, well, 'Oh [Mueller] can't prove collusion, but that was never the point'".

"The House Judiciary Committee's letter has been received by the White House", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

He said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued, however.

Meanwhile, Mueller, who took over the FBI investigation in 2017, isn't expected to charge Trump with any misconduct in a forthcoming report. Other names on the list include Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Steve Bannon.

The committee is requesting documents from more than 60 people. The panel also is looking at whether Trump has used the White House for personal enrichment in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

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