Nadler to investigate dozens of people

Nadler to investigate dozens of people

A half-dozen House committees are now probing alleged coordination between Trump associates and Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election, the President's tax returns and possible conflicts of interest involving the Trump family business and policy-making.

Broadly speaking, this means that a panoply of topics and people that are already being investigated by either Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Southern District of NY - or both - are now under an additional microscope from Congress. Weisselberg, for instance, was reportedly given immunity by the Southern District of NY to testify against Cohen, but now faces questioning from Congress as well.

"This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts", Nadler said in the statement.

On Monday, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said that it is the "obligation" of Congress to "provide a check on abuses of power" by the White House. "The Counsel's Office and relevant White House officials will review it and respond at the appropriate time", she said.

Targeting Mr Mueller repeatedly - as well as firing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief over the Russian Federation inquiry - were among the issues Mr Nadler cited as "clear" cases of obstruction of justice by President Trump.

"We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the [Republican-controlled] Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight".

In building a case against the 45th United States president, Nadler pointed to Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, while the latter was in the process of investigating whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Last year, the administration withheld thousands of documents related to Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who had previously worked in the White House.

Another episode centers on Trump's attempt to have his then-White House counsel McGahn dispute news reports that he threatened to quit over Trump's pressure to oust Mueller, CNN previously reported.

"I think Congressman Nadler made a decision to impeach the president the day the president won the election", McCarthy said, adding, "He talks about impeachment before he even became chairman, and then he says you got to persuade people to get there".

During a two-hour, campaign-style speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump mocked Democrats for the scope of their investigations.

Nadler said the House Judiciary Committee wants to review documents from the Justice Department, the president's son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg.

"It's all a total hoax", Mr. Trump said at a White House reception welcoming the 2018 Division I Football Championship Subdivision football champion North Dakota State Bison on Monday.

The Judiciary Committee also is looking at whether Trump has used the White House for personal enrichment in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

There is no guarantee that the congressional requests for documents will be met.

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

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