House Dems send message: Impeachment is on

House Dems send message: Impeachment is on

It is not clear whether Democrats can hold Trump accountable for any actions taken before he became president. But the evidence so far shows that a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communications.

The stepped-up oversight could eventually lead to, or even serve in place of, impeachment proceedings.

Obama easily won seven of the region's counties in 2012, but Trump won them all in 2016. "There is abundant evidence of collusion", House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff said on CBS Sunday. He also alleged that the Trump Organization regularly and illegally inflated the value of its assets to obtain bank loans, and accused his former boss of misusing charity funds. Even if the special counsel's report doesn't live up to the dreams of Trump's critics, or to the nightmares of his supporters, it is likely to be bad enough to warrant the president's removal from office, either by impeachment or the 2020 election.

The committee interviewed Cohen in private on Thursday and will finish the interview this coming Wednesday.

What does Mr. Trump have to say about all this?


Trump told the CPAC crowd, meeting at National Harbor, Md., that he planned to sign the order "very soon", but did not provide specifics or say whether a draft has already been prepared.

"Those people are seizing onto Cohen's use of the word 'directly, '" Leopold said of criticism of his report.

He named Trump's children - Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric - and Trump Organization employees - Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari.

The committee's jurisdiction touches on all parts of government.

McCarthy's comments follow dozens of document requests from the House Judiciary Committee, which Nadler now chairs, to persons connected to the White House.


In American television channel ABC's "This Week" program, Nadler said the Republicans have been protecting Donald Trump from proper accountability, threatening "to impeach justice department officials". Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., that Trump obstructed justice is just a façade to get Trump out of office. Whitaker is a close Trump ally who had criticized the Mueller report before he was appointed.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019The greatest overreach in the history of our Country. But for now, Neal is taking it slow. Several other Democratic presidential candidates did not respond to email requests asking them about the report. Many requests were made. "The president gets to make that decision".

Democrats want documents on whether Russians lent to or invested money in Trump companies, and whether the Trump Organization helped Russian real estate customers launder money.

That could mean nearly anything; Schiff's committee can - and most certainly will - investigate Trump for the rest of the president's term.

And he repeated his familiar complaint that he does not get the credit he deserves despite his claim that "no administration has accomplished probably you could say this with absolute certainty in the first two years anywhere near what we've accomplished".


Waters said she is also interested in looking at Trump's embattled charitable foundation that is shutting down after agreeing to a court-supervised process and at White House budget director Mick Mulvaney's tenure at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That could include getting information from a translator who attended.

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