US Dems ‘Almost Guarantee Second Trump Victory' With Toothless New Probe


Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House committee that would be in charge of impeachment says the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than 60 people from Trump's administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russian Federation investigation.

President Donald Trump speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, March 4, 2019.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are coming for President Donald Trump.

The letter follows another from last month, in which the three chairmen cited a report that Trump had seized his translator's notes after a meeting with Putin and taken other steps to restrict information about his meetings with Russia's president.

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

The broad requests from the House intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees ask for the substance of Trump and Putin's conversations in person and by phone and for information on whether those conversations had any impact on US foreign policy.

The ambiguity of the House Judiciary investigation may be intentional since the probe's open-endedness allows Democrats to drag out the probe for as long as they see it as something that helps them in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

House Democrats want to know what Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin talk about.

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Asked if he thought President Trump had obstructed justice, Nadler replied, "Yes, I do". The House and Senate intelligence committees found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Among the committee's aims is determining whether Trump obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the Justice Department, such as former FBI Director James Comey, and abused his presidential power by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses. The President has repeatedly rejected the allegations against him.

"We do not now have the evidence all sorted out and everything to do - to do an impeachment".

"Look, the president has the right to do a lot of things but he can abuse his power in doing that", he said when asked Sunday about the Times report.

He said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued, however. They include former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump adviser Roger Stone and Cohen. Some of those the committee is seeking documents from are among the dozens charged by Mueller.

Trump maintains that his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation and has repeatedly attacked the investigation on Twitter. Tax justice groups on Fridaydemandedthat House Democrats use the information revealed in the Cohen hearing to open probes and force the release of Trump's tax returns, which he has refused to make public.

Other high-profile names on the list include perennially embattled White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former White House counsel Don McGahn and the president's inaugural committee.